You’ve probably heard a lot about our future filled with self-driving cars. In fact, they are already cruising the streets today. And while these cars will ultimately be safer and cleaner than their manual counterparts, they can’t completely avoid accidents altogether. How should the car be programmed if it encounters an unavoidable accident? In our TED-Ed Lesson, The ethical dilemma of self-driving cars, Patrick Lin navigates the murky ethics of self-driving cars.

Here’s an example for you to think about:

Let’s say there’s a motorcyclist wearing a helmet to your left and another one without a helmet to your right. Which one should your robot car crash into?

If you say the biker with the helmet because she’s more likely to survive, then aren’t you penalizing the responsible motorist? If, instead, you save the biker without the helmet because he’s acting irresponsibly, then you’ve gone way beyond the initial design principle about minimizing harm, and the robot car is now meting out street justice. 

The ethical considerations get more complicated here. In both of our scenarios, the underlying design is functioning as a targeting algorithm of sorts.2:44In other words, it’s systematically favoring or discriminating against a certain type of object to crash into. And the owners of the target vehicles will suffer the negative consequences of this algorithm through no fault of their own. 

Could it be the case that a random decision is still better than a predetermined one designed to minimize harm? And who should be making all of these decisions anyhow? Programmers? Companies? Governments? Reality may not play out exactly like our thought experiments, but that’s not the point. They’re designed to isolate and stress test our intuitions on ethics, just like science experiments do for the physical world. Spotting these moral hairpin turns now will help us maneuver the unfamiliar road of technology ethics, and allow us to cruise confidently and conscientiously into our brave new future. 

Check out the lesson here for more ethical quandaries to ponder.

Lesson by Patrick Lin

Animation by the ever-incredible Yukai Du

Mercedes-Benz is combining the strength of an SUV with the sportiness of a coupé – the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé.   

Photos by Bas Fransen for #MBsocialcar.

[Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 4MATIC | combined fuel consumption: 9.4–8.9 l/100km|combined CO₂ emissions: 219–209 g/km | http://mb4.me/efficiency_statement]               

Uber and Lyft drivers share things that they’d love to tell passengers but can’t

“Don’t make us wait the full five minutes that Uber gives you. The app gives you a minute-by-minute update as to when we will be there to pick you up, yet you can’t be ready when we get there?”

“I love drama. I want to know 100% of the information, even though I know none of these people. There is no better way to pass the time with a stranger than gossiping about people I’ll never see again.”

“Stop assuming we don’t need tips because Uber pays so well. It doesn’t.”

“Seriously, though, it takes a high level of professionalism sometimes to prevent letting a rude passenger’s attitude affect your next passenger’s experience, especially during a rapid transition where your next ride is booked before the current one ends.”

“It feels great to hear a sincere ‘thank you’ from the customer after the ride ends.”

“I love listening to strangers’ conversations. Many don’t seem to notice or care, and I feel like a fly on the wall.”

“Don’t have a smoke just before getting in my car. Some people are heavy smokers, and they stink up my car with cigarette smell. I wish they would spray cologne or perfume before getting inside the vehicle.”

“Stop being such an a–hole to your drivers. I would love to tell rude and obnoxious riders to get out of my car.”

“The ride can’t always be perfect. You try doing this for a living — i.e. keeping your car pristine, predicting traffic and road construction, and always being in a good mood.”

“It’s a service industry — tips are appreciated. If you feel like you’ve been given above-and-beyond great service, throw a couple bucks to the driver. It makes a huge difference.”

Just because there are no speed limits doesn’t mean there are no laws. In fact, it means more laws are required, and some of them sound stupid until you remember what gruesome horrors they’re intended to prevent. For example, it’s not uncommon in the U.S. for someone to run out of gas, walk a mile or so to the nearest gas station, get overcharged for a gas can, and walk out in embarrassment. This is not an option on the Autobahn.

“There is a lane on the Autobahn that is just for emergencies,” Mehmet explained. “But if tourists stop there to take a picture or a car runs out of gasoline there, then it’s illegal. There are so many plazas with gas stations that [running out is] seen as something that should never happen. Police will tow you and give you a big fine. You can’t walk on the side of the road, either. No matter what, you’re going to be caught.” Basically, don’t get out of the car under any circumstances, and understand that the goal is to prevent your body from getting instantly turned into a fine red mist.

Yet, what surprises most drivers is that the highway without speed limits has, um, speed limits. Your own personal action movie comes to a screeching halt once you reach the vicinity of a city, or someone will halt it for you. “You can always tell when a driver who is unfamiliar with the Autobahn is here,” said Mehmet. “They always assume you can go as fast as you want on any highway. Earlier this year police seemed to pull over a Russian a day for going over [120 MPH] through the middle of Berlin.” It’s hardly a slap on the wrist, either – that’s good enough for a three month driving ban and a $720 fine.

Oh and if you’re from an EU country, and you drive after getting a ban, they can take away your license permanently – even if you’re from another country. 

No Open Casket Funeral For You: Realities Of The Autobahn

Your dreams go bonkers as well: “Holy shitballs, has it affected the way I dream,” Audrey says. “I didn’t used to dream a lot, but when I did, they generally weren’t happy dreams. Now I dream every damn night, and they’re crazy vivid and mostly crazy scary.”

Science isn’t certain what makes blind people have more nightmares, but the theory is that it’s because they’re under so much stress, being blind and all. To fight the clowns waiting to eat her soul in dreamland, Audrey has to drown them in sedatives, but even so, she still “kind of dread[s] falling asleep.”

As Audrey alluded to earlier, blindness can also mess with your ability to sleep. It’s called non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder, and it’s when the inability to perceive light confuses your body and your circadian rhythm goes all to shit, scientifically speaking.

I Woke Up Blind: 5 Dark (And Drunk) Realities After Sight

So the road trip with the hydrazine this week involves Bellamy, Clarke, and Roan, as far as we know…Monty is seen talking to them beforehand, but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t tag along…

Bellamy and Roan are in the rover together

which means Clarke is driving the other vehicle

y’know the one with the hydrazine on it? 




Brief reminder that my life is far from success in the real world.

If you can - Make friends, get connections, take opportunities, and suffer for a few years (not a few months, not just one year) if necessary in a low-end job EARLY, so that your future self can thank you for both the experiences you’ll gain and the starting income to get ya started.

Some might be able to get themselves out of anything and/or through odd means, and I hope to represent that example - but if everyone lives as carelessly as me then I can’t promise everyone will be well off

  • “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is a brand new story of the universe’s unlikeliest heroes: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. In the wake of an epic battle, the Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power
  • Each of them has a reason to desire this relic, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind, and who will stop at nothing to tear it from their hands. From Earth to the Milano to Knowhere and beyond, and set to the beat of awesome music, you wear the rocket-powered boots of Star-Lord in an original Guardians adventure, where your decisions and actions drive the story you experience 
  • Scott Porter (“Friday Night Lights,” “The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series”) as Star-Lord
  • Emily O’Brien (“The Young and the Restless,” “Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor”) as Gamora 
  • Nolan North (the “Uncharted” series, “Pretty Little Liars”) as Rocket 
  • Brandon Paul Eells (“Watch Dogs”) as Drax
  • Adam Harrington (“The Wolf Among Us,” “League of Legends”) as Groot.

So in case y'all didn’t know. I got my G1, meaning I am now in drivers Ed and getting hours of experience driving.

I have now realized I hate driving. All my friends say it’s so fun!!! But the idea of being responsible for the lives of not only myself but my passengers and everyone around me, is Incredibly stressful.

But ah yes, the necessity of driving is important if I ever want to function in my future of adult life. Damn.

There is so much going on
-what is that caption, LOL in the face of adversity, LOL? Really? You’re gonna go with LOL? Alright then
-Jon appears normal, but his eyes look like he’s got a dirty idea for what he’d do with Spencer’s mouth
-brenDON IS FUCKING LOOKING RIGHT AT THE CAMERA. THIS IS A CANDID SHOT WHERE HES STARING RIGHT AT THE CAMERA. That’s nOt hoW it woRKS. Plus he looks like he’s dying inside and just wants to blast himself into the sun
-and Spencer just looks adorable af. As always. Look at that sunshine.