When the Ethics Meets the Road - How Should Cars Decide? - A Free Public Symposium

Friday, May 19, 2017

3:30 pm

Building 320, Room 105 (Geology Corner) Map

Sponsored by:
Symbolic Systems Program

This symposium -- a public event that is part of the Symbolic Systems Program's 30th Anniversary Celebration weekend -- will bring together four thinkers and doers whose work relates to the ethics of driverless cars. This new technology brings robotic and software engineering into contact with life-or-death decisions on highways and streets. Should cars risk one person's life in order to save a greater number of people? Should traffic decisions factor in all of the ethical issues that could inform them when massive data are available, e.g., a doctor needing to go faster than the speed limit to maximize the chances of saving a patient; yielding to a driver with a known history of reckless driving; or failing to swerve in order to avoid a pedestrian who throws himself onto a freeway, because swerving would endanger others? Should a driverless car prioritize the life of its occupants over others? Should it make decisions that would be unnatural for humans but that would lead to better consequences overall?


Joshua Greene - Thomas A. Wasow Visiting Scholar in Symbolic Systems
Psychology Department, Harvard University

Stefan Heck ('92)

Clayton Kunz ('95)
Automotive Robotics Engineer and Researcher

Wendy Ju
Mechanical Engineering Department


Joshua Cohen
Apple University

Friday, May 19, 2017
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Building 320, Room 105 (Geology Corner) Map

A free event open to the public.