PAGE BREAK THE MORAL MACHINE
While self-driving vehicle technology is still being reﬁned, one crucial task is developing “machine intelligence”—a fancy way of describing the kinds of decisions a driverless car will have to make as it navigates complicated infrastructure. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a method for “gathering a human perspective on moral decisions made by machine intelligence,” by presenting a series of choices that could potentially face a driverless car whose brakes have failed. Which is preferable? A driverless vehicle plows into a crowd of jaywalking moralmachine.mit.edu runners or avoids the pedestrians and kills a family with three children? Characters in the scenarios go beyond age and gender to include weight, profession and socioeconomic status—even throwing in animals. At the conclusion of the battery of choices, users are given their results: how important was it to save a larger number of lives, protect passengers or uphold the law? They’re tough choices, but if we can’t face them, should we really be asking machines to make them for us? —Zach Hagadone
DEAR MINERVA, I recently got out of a long-term, same-sex relationship. I’m back on the dating scene and looking for a new lady friend. During my last relationship, I got used to using a speciﬁc toy. It worked well for me to get the job done and I want to know: Do I retire my trusty sidekick or can he come along for the ride? Sincerely, —The Dynamic Duo
DEAR DYNAMIC DUO, So you want to jump back in the saddle with your trusty comrade. I think there are a couple of ways to approach this. If money isn’t a concern, perhaps buy the same model. Doing this will let you still work your magic with the same tool you are used to but one without so much “herstory.” This will keep your mattress mojo consistent. If money is an issue, sterilize your old standby. I’m sure you know the BUZZ regarding sex toy maintenance and sterilization. For those who don’t, a quick Google search should tell you what you need to know. Of course, the fun route might be to go on a shopping expedition with your new special someone and you can pick something out that not only works for you but for her body, too. This will also give you a fresh start with something that doesn’t have so many emotional and sexual memories associated with it. Don’t start things off toying with her emotions. There is a whole world of gadgetry at your ﬁngertips. Wishing you good vibrations! SUBMIT questions to Minerva’s Breakdown at bit.ly/MinervasBreakdown or mail them to Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise, ID 83702. All submissions remain anonymous.
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Should Hillary Clinton be the subject of an investigation by the U.S. attorney general?
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Number of females in the United States in 2014, compared to 157 million males.
Percentage of eligible female U.S. voters who cast ballots in the 2014 election, compared to 40.8 percent of eligible male voters.
Number of Fortune 500 companies with women serving as chief executive ofﬁcer in 2016.
Number of women who have been awarded a Nobel Prize since 1901 out of a total of 881 individual honorees.
Percentage of women in a 2008 survey who reported experiencing some form of workplace sexual harassment.
Percentage of sexual harassment claims ﬁled to EEOC by women.
Amount of damages recovered on behalf of claimants who ﬁled sexual harassment charges with EEOC in FY 2014.
(Association of Women for Action and Research)
Percentage of charges ﬁled with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission related to sexual harassment in ﬁscal year 2014.
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