Faces in toast

The irony is that even if our self-driving cars kill indiscriminately, we would read bias into their distribution of victims for the same reason we see famous faces in toast.

You will hear:

“We must take into account regional and cultural differences in adherence to pedestrian jaywalking laws!”

“Autonomous vehicles are effectively targeting specific populations, and we demand accountability!”

“Of course the cars are biased. They’re made in San Francisco.”

The car company’s public policy and legal teams debate the ethics of algorithmic vehicular manslaughter over an increasingly emotional and sleep-deprived chain of weekend emails. Philosophical battle lines are drawn. On Sunday night, the CEO informs both teams that she has arrived at a decision and has informed her head of product: to counter the perceptions of bias, we will begin adding bias to our artificial intelligence.