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Self-Driving Car Advocates Tangle With Messy Morality

Chris Gerdes, Stanford University

Stanford engineering professor Chris Gerdes has been examining the complexities of programming self-driving cars to make moral decisionsin this case, the "trolley problem" involving a decision that saves some lives at the expense of another's.

Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Sure, dealing with lane changes, firetrucks and construction projects is difficult for engineers building self-driving cars. But what about deciding which people to kill when an accident is unavoidable?

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