Law's Halo and the Moral Machine

18 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2020

Date Written: December 23, 2019


How will we assess the morality of decisions made by artificial intelli­gence—and will our judgments be swayed by what the law says? Focusing on a moral dilemma in which a driverless car chooses to sacrifice its passenger to save more people, this study offers evidence that our moral intuitions can be influenced by the presence of the law.

Keywords: moral judgment, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, machine learning, autonomous vehicles, trolley problem, experimental philosophy, moral psychology

Suggested Citation

Huang, Bert I., Law's Halo and the Moral Machine (December 23, 2019). Columbia Law Review, Vol. 119, No. 7, 2019, Available at SSRN:

Bert I. Huang (Contact Author)

Columbia Law School ( email )

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New York, NY 10025
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