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A new computer science major is rebooting society

LOS ANGELES - In an upper-level seminar on artificial intelligence, Occidental College professor Justin Li started a discussion outside the realm of a typical computer science class.

Should a self-driving car, if unable to brake in time, be programmed to steer into a wall to avoid crashing into pedestrians - perhaps killing a single person in the vehicle in order to save five on the street?

One question led to another. Is it morally OK to choose five lives over one? How about 10? Who gets to make this decision anyway - the programmer, the government, the person who can afford a self-driving car?

Occidental established a computer science major this fall, one of numerous

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