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Would you like an autonomous car? Would you want others to have autonomous cars? You had better decide soon, because the technology is maturing fast. Autonomous vehicles are likely to lead to fewer accidents, improved energy efficiency, and savings in time and space. They may also cost many jobs, be available only to wealthier passengers, and increase dangers of terrorist abuses. If autonomous cars are going to be on our roads in increasing numbers, should we hand over control to machines in emergencies? What principles should they follow? Can we program human morality into autonomous vehicles? These moral and social issues need to be discussed before it is too late.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics at Duke University in the Philosophy Department, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Duke Institute for Brain Science, and the Law School. He publishes widely in ethics, moral psychology and neuroscience, philosophy of law, epistemology, informal logic, and philosophy of religion.
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