Duke Computer Science Colloquium

The Psychological Dilemmas of Autonomous Vehicles

Speaker:Iyad Rahwan
Date: Monday, February 27, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: D106 LSRC, Duke
Pizza will be served at 11:45.


Autonomous vehicles promise to revolutionize transportation and substantially improve safety. But they also made salient an ethical question: how should an algorithm decide relative risk in situations of unavoidable harm? I present a series of psychological studies that explore how people think about such scenarios, and discuss the regulatory challenges these studies reveal. I also describe a crowdsourcing effort that engaged millions of people worldwide with the ethical questions facing car markers and regulators.


Iyad Rahwan is the AT&T Career Development Professor and an Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where he leads the Scalable Cooperation group. A native of Aleppo, Syria, Rahwan holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and is an affiliate faculty at the MIT Institute of Data, Systems and Society (IDSS). Rahwan's work lies at the intersection of the computer and social sciences, with a focus on collective intelligence, large-scale cooperation, and the social aspects of Artificial Intelligence. He led the winning team in the US State Department's Tag Challenge, using social media to locate individuals in remote cities within 12 hours using only their mug shots. His work appeared in major academic journals, including Science and PNAS, and was featured in major media outlets, including the New York Times, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

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