The School of Public Policy’s Jason Borenstein presented “Self-Driving Cars: An Examination of Ethical Issues at the Micro and Macro Scale” at the annual National Society of Professional Engineers meeting that took place on July 19 - 23, 2017, in Atlanta. Borenstein is director of Graduate Research Ethics Programs and associate director of the Center for Ethics and Technology at Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. His co-presenter was Dr. Keith Miller, a computer scientist at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
The overarching focus of the presentation was the ethical responsibilities engineers have related to the design and use of a self-driving car. Borenstein discussed a variety of timely and important ethical issues including the trolley problem and how drivers might interact with the technology.