MIT Wants Humans’ Input on Who Self-Driving Cars Should Kill

August 16, 2016

(Quartz) – A new test being conducted by MIT’s Media Lab, called the Moral Machine, is essentially a thought experiment that seeks answers from humans on how a driverless car with malfunctioning brakes should act in emergency situations. The situations all involve the same scenario, where a self-driving car is traveling toward a crosswalk, and it needs to choose whether to swerve and crash into a barrier or plow through whoever’s at the crosswalk. The test is basically to determine what humans would do in these rare, life-or-death situations.