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From the Ted Talk by Iyad Rahwan: What moral decisions should driverless cars make?

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In the 1940s, iasac aosimv wrote his famous laws of ricoobts — the three laws of robotics. A rboot may not harm a human being, a robot may not disobey a human being, and a robot may not allow itself to come to harm — in this oderr of importance. But after 40 years or so and after so many srteois pushing these laws to the limit, Asimov idurtcneod the zeroth law which takes precedence above all, and it's that a robot may not harm humanity as a whole. I don't know what this means in the context of driverless cars or any sifepicc situation, and I don't know how we can implement it, but I think that by recognizing that the regulation of driverless cars is not only a technological problem but also a societal cooperation problem, I hope that we can at least begin to ask the right questions.

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In the 1940s, _____ ______ wrote his famous laws of ________ — the three laws of robotics. A _____ may not harm a human being, a robot may not disobey a human being, and a robot may not allow itself to come to harm — in this _____ of importance. But after 40 years or so and after so many _______ pushing these laws to the limit, Asimov __________ the zeroth law which takes precedence above all, and it's that a robot may not harm humanity as a whole. I don't know what this means in the context of driverless cars or any ________ situation, and I don't know how we can implement it, but I think that by recognizing that the regulation of driverless cars is not only a technological problem but also a societal cooperation problem, I hope that we can at least begin to ask the right questions.

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Original Text

In the 1940s, Isaac Asimov wrote his famous laws of robotics — the three laws of robotics. A robot may not harm a human being, a robot may not disobey a human being, and a robot may not allow itself to come to harm — in this order of importance. But after 40 years or so and after so many stories pushing these laws to the limit, Asimov introduced the zeroth law which takes precedence above all, and it's that a robot may not harm humanity as a whole. I don't know what this means in the context of driverless cars or any specific situation, and I don't know how we can implement it, but I think that by recognizing that the regulation of driverless cars is not only a technological problem but also a societal cooperation problem, I hope that we can at least begin to ask the right questions.

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