Teaching Morality to Self-Driving Cars 

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 GRADES: 9-12             STANDARDS   i

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STEPS TO COMPLETION:

1. REVIEW Assignment Outline 

2. WATCH the "Ethical Dilemma of Self-Driving Cars" (TedEd, by Patrick Lin)

3. READ "How to Help Self-Driving Cars Make Ethical Decisions" (MIT Technology Review, by Will Knight)

4. DO the Moral Machine Exercise (MIT Media Lab, by Scalable Cooperation)

5. ANSWER the multiple choice and short response questions

6. PREPARE for your class activity

7. REVIEW the Reference Shelf

CONTEXT:

You can already find self-driving cars roaming our roadways as companies are honing the technology behind our next evolution in transportation. The likes of Google, Uber, Tesla, and traditional manufacturers, GM, Toyota and others, are racing to market with their own models of autonomous vehicles.

 

In the development of these technologies, there are many implications to consider. One of the most controversial has been teaching morality and ethics to these machines. Inevitably, situations will arise that force the vehicles to make a moral decision. For example, should the vehicle crash or hit a pedestrian?

 

In this lesson, you will discover a short video, an article, an exercise and a short assignment to learn more about this issue and consider its many complexities.

STUDENTS START HERE:

  • Synthesize information from a range of sources into a coherent understanding of a technological phenomenon.

  • Deliver thoughtful commentary on a controversial topic at the intersection of technology and society.

LEARNING GOALS:

Lessons are typically assigned as homework with the activity completed in class, but can be used in a flipped classroom setting.

 

Approximate assignment duration: 25-35 minutes

 

Teaching Morality to Self-Driving Cars.

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