Recent developments in artificial intelligence have raised concerns about how we might best incorporate these new technologies in ways that are productive, ethical, and sustainable. One of the most pressing public concerns focus on the seemingly imminent and rapid deployment of autonomous vehicles. How will the presence of these vehicles affect the structure of our roads and cities, our environment, and the lives and labor of millions of humans?
But although the Trolley Problem is a fascinating thought-experiment, in many ways it is a distraction from some of the more pressing and immediate ethical issues posed by the widespread deployment of autonomous vehicles. In this first session in the Digital Ethics series, two of the leading thinkers on autonomous vehicles will provide insights into a broad range of ethical questions associated with artificial intelligence and society.