Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ethics of the Autonomous Car

This past week in Rogate we have been talking about Ethics, and the power of how ethical something can be.  Through out the week, Ms. Mystrena would put us through ethical situations, that could not be solved, but only have an opinion on, which would obviously start a large debate.  One of the ethical situations was whether to make an autonomous car that chooses the most ethical place to crash when in the situation.  One of them was to either crash into an SUV or a Mini Cooper.  The more ethical choice would obviously be to crash into the SUV since it is larger and safer.  Another of them was to either crash into a motorcyclist with a helmet or with out a helmet.  Obviously the ethical way to go is to crash into the motorcyclist wearing a helmet, but this is very much going to bring up a date.  One thing is that the autonomous cars could just be a riding death machine in a way.  Also, if the cars will start to hit everyone wearing a helmet, people will then stop wearing helmets, then causing more deaths when they get into an accident.  I think that having a car make decisions through a random number system is a very very bad idea.  Doing that is basically randomly choosing someones death.  I don't think it is worth to make these cars if they will only kill more people.  I also think that the driver should have the responsibility of whatever happens.  It was the drivers choice to buy this car, and in doing so he/she has the responsibility to use it carefully, and if anything bad were to happen, would have the responsibility of whatever happened.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Passion Project Update #2

These two weeks we worked more on research on how to make a text based adventure using Python.  This was very important, because if we didn't do any research we wouldn't know what the heck we were doing.  All this research will obviously be used when making (or at least attempting to make) the final text based adventure, it could also be used if I ever want to go into programming as a major or something, I would then have some basic knowledge on the subject.  There was only one type of pattern I saw, which was constantly going back to Google to search up what to do, which is irrelevant to the project.  I thought I did good these past weeks, we got a lot of work done, and are going to make a lot of progress these next weeks.  Next I am hoping we will get closer to creating a successful text based adventure.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Passion Project Overview (first two weeks)

These past two weeks me and my partner Aarif have started our passion project on coding.. well sort of started.  We have successfully planed out what we will do with coding programs such as Python, but we have not been able to start doing work since we need the Mac books the download the program.  Even though we did not do much over the past couple of weeks, we hope to start our coding adventure next Friday.  I think it will be exciting to see what is in store for me in the world of code.  I am hoping by the end of the passion projects I will be able to write a simple code at least, and successfully learn the code language.  While Aarif knows lots more about coding than me, I am hoping he can steer me in the right direction so that I can learn as much as he knows, and he will learn more than he already does.  So long story short, we did nothing productive besides planning these past weeks, but I am hoping the weeks to come will be very successful, and fun as well.