The US government is pondering requiring autonomous, self driving vehicles to incorporate in altruistic algorithm that would make life or death calculations to kill the fewest people possible in an anticipated accident. The decision could be to sacrifice the vehicle's occupants in order to save more pedestrians in jeopardy.
What about the vehicle that is built with a latest self-learning smart computer? (Named Dave?) Could this computer's brain evolve a self-preservation instinct and countermand the government's altruistic algorithm?
Stanley Kibrick here we come ... (15 years late)
Here is a supporting article from The Economist: