Ubermess: Philosophers Discuss the Self-Driving Car Crash


On March 19, 2018 a self-driving Uber car-for-hire struck and killed a pedestrian, Elaine Herzberg, in Tempe, Arizona. This was not the first trouble Uber has had with its self-driving cars, nor was it the first fatal crash involving a self-driving car (for example).

Philosophers have been taking up questions regarding the ethics of autonomous vehicles in various contexts for some time now. Last week’s crash gave the topic some added visibility, and several philosophers published work in popular venues on the subject.

They include:

If you know of other work by philosophers related to the Uber crash, please share it in the comments. Thanks.

(Thanks to Patrick Lin for the pointers.)

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