Why it is hard to teach robots to choose wisely

©Getty Automatic relations: machines care for nursing home residents As the use of robots increasingly encroaches on the real human world, it is easy to slip into science fiction fantasies about the unforeseen complications that will follow. Usually, these involve imaginary dramas in which intelligent machines make choices that have unforeseen and painful results for their makers. More On this story On this topic IN The World Makers of driverless cars, for example, are wrestling with an updated version of philosophy’s “trolley problem” — in which there is a hypothetical choice between a loose train killing multiple people on one railway track or just one person by switching to another. Car owners will have to decide if they will be comfortable with their autonomous vehicles making such choices in the…

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