Consequences of the algorithm

Artificial intelligence has a mathematical morality, a calculating code of ethics. Should we be worried about leaving life-altering decisions in hands that operate by rule of thumb? IBM’s Watson — a computer system that uses complex algorithms to spout out answers to any questions posed in natural language. ~Photo: YouTube screengrab share this article Imagine it’s sometime in the future. An empty autonomous vehicle is speeding on a road. Something has gone wrong with it. It won’t stop or slow down. Its manoeuverability has been hit too. It can only go straight or turn 10 degrees left. And it’s about to hit a T-junction in a few seconds. There are two wooden cabins at the junction. If the vehicle goes straight it will crash into one of them, killing all…

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