Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Robot Car Ethics Article Review

In the wired.com article The Robot Car of Tomorrow May Just Be Programmed to Hit You, Patrick Lin discusses the ethical problems in robot cars and their moral math and choices. He presents the situation of a robot car facing an inevitable crash and it has to choose between hitting an SUV and a Mini Cooper. You would think that the robot would hit the vehicle with more safety to the driver so it would hit the bigger and stronger SUV. However that would damage the robot more as opposed to hitting the Cooper. That's one of the important questions to consider when programming the car on what to hit. Does the safety of the robot car driver matter more than the other drivers?  Many would say that the driver of the robot should be kept more safe by the car as opposed to other drivers on the road. Also is it fair that SUV owners will always have to take the hit over smaller cars? They never asked to be hit. Just because their car is big doesn't mean others have more right not to be hit than them.  The cars need another decision making system that is more fair but not as random as a number generator. Those same issues come up with hitting a biker with or without a helmet. Just because someone decided to be safe, do they deserve to take the hit? What if because of this situation, people stop wearing helmets completely? The car should try to avoid exposed drivers completely.  But then again a random pick isn't very fair either. A random hit is what humans do which is what the robot should be better than.  These cars need a better solution before being out on the road. The purpose of robot cars is to be better than human drivers so if it crashes it is not the human's fault. The human got in the robot car so it could do all the work in the first place. If the car crashes it is the programming fault or another drivers fault.  The driver does control the car but only to go where they want to go not how. In conclusion, there are a lot of difficulties in the development of these robot cars and many situations to consider on the road.  It will take a lot of time but I believe that there is a solution for the ethical problems robot cars have that will satisfy most people if not all.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Passion Project Update: Week 9ish

Chris and I are still making good progress and rolling through our passion project on stereotypes.  During our last check we answered some of our key questions and got started on our first stereotype, dumb blondes. Since then we analyzed that generalization and found out everything about it that we wanted to and have started on new stereotypes such as the bad Asian drivers one and Chris is has made a list of many more we should touch on by making a class survey. This is important because now we have a lot of ideas and things to do. We wont be drawing a blank for a while and have plenty of work t do and slides to fill up. (Not that a project is defined as good by the amount of slides it has). This is the kind of thing I do for most of my projects. I always have a list of ideas and content to include beforehand so I never draw a blank later on and always have work to do. I did this for my Sports and Slang passion projects so it shows how I always have a strategy or work pattern I always use or have just in case.  I think we have done good in this work period and have made progress while setting the path for much more. Now all we have to do is research the topics on our list and dive deep into every stereotype we can think of.  Im sure we can think up of more famous generalizations that are not on our list.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Passion Project Update: Week 2

For mine and Chris's passion project we are researching stereotypes. How they started, why they started, and if they apply to the majority of the people categorized.  For the first two weeks of the project I feel that we have made some great progress. We have created our title slide and added our unique touch on it and added a basic picture of stereotypes. Then like I always do, I defined what I am researching. But more importantly we have done some real research and have began to answer some of our questions. For example, together we found out how some of the ways stereotypes started such as beliefs being passed on from parents to offspring. We also found out why people used them like easier categorization of people instead of deeply getting to know individuals, and felling superiority. I feel like getting the answer to some of our key questions in just two Fridays is good progress. If w can focus on the important parts of assignments in the future we can make great progress very quickly by not spending as much time on the little things and getting to work on the big picture. I always have patterns in my research such as defining and answering a general open question. Then I look into the different categories of the topic. That's why I feel that the work we have completed so far is important because we have answered the general opening question which was a huge part of our project overall. In the next weeks Chris and I will brainstorm as many stereotypes as we can and look into each one. We will find out their origins, how and why they spread, and if they generally true or not. I look forward to keep on working on this project.