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MIT researchers want you to decide how self-driving cars should make moral decisions. It’s a modern – and potentially real – twist on a classic hypothetical ethics problem.
The trolley problem, in its most simplest form, asks you to imagine you are driving a train and find you are about to hit five people who are on the track ahead. There’s no time to stop the train or for the people to get out of the way, but you could divert it onto another track where you spot one person in the way.
The question is whether you divert and, at its simplest, the choice is between the more rational decision of minimizing the casualties by diverting and the more philosophical view that actively choosing to divert makes you responsible for killing the one person whereas staying on track means the five deaths are nobody’s fault. Variants include making the one person a relative or friend of yours.
In normal car driving, people occasionally have to make similar decisions when a crash is imminent and, for the most part, it’s accepted this is just down to the individual to respond. However, with self-driving technology now a reality, philosophers, lawmakers and manufacturers alike are weighing up if and how cars should be programmed to make such moral decisions.
The MIT project, Moral Machine, asks participants to explore such dilemmas and say which decision they’d like to see the car make. One example involves a decision of whether to continue down a road and hit five pedestrians, or swerve and hit a bollard, killing two passengers in the car.
After making the decision, you can check how other people responded. You can even create your own scenarios.
The folks from Thinkgeek have recently unveiled the “Hero Within” collection featuring clothes that look classy, but all have subtly geeky details about them. I especially like the heavy Batman peacoat, which you can see pictured below. Be sure to check out the rest of the collection as well!
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I don’t know if you’ve noticed but the “Hope” theme from Rogue One has many similarities to the Imperial March from Episode V, and if you speed up the music a little, both song sync up perfectly. Check it out!
[Source: @bobbyrobertspdx on Twitter | Via IO9]
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In this Comic by Julia Lepetit from Dorkly, the artist illustrates various excuses we make up to play video games as we grow older.
According to Lucas Peterson at Lucky Peach, this is a completely factual, and 100-percent correct guide. You’re welcome.
[Source: Lucky Peach | Via Neatorama]
Stanford researchers have developed a rechargeable battery with a built-in fire extinguisher. It’s not a new concept, but this looks to be the first time it would work without affecting battery performance.
As with previous efforts, the researchers used triphenyl phosphate, a flame retardant. When exposed to heat, it forms phosphoric acid and in turn pyrophosphoric acid, which blocks the transfer of heat. The problem to date has been that putting triphenyl phosphate directly into the electrolytes in a battery have compromised conductivity and thus affected performance.
The Stanford tactic was to house the triphenyl phosphate inside a custom-made microfiber shell built from poly(vinylidene fluoride–hexafluoropropylene). That’s a material with two key characteristics: it won’t be affected by the electrolytes, but will dissolve at around 160 degrees Celsius.
That means in the event of a battery fire it can melt and unleashes the flame retardant before the battery moves past burning to full-on explosion. In testing, the flames were extinguished within 0.4 seconds.
While the system has some obvious uses, most notably for batteries in phones and tablets, the researchers note more testing is needed. In particular they want to check if the shell would have any problems when exposed to physical stress or problems such as the battery being overcharged.