Who Killed Elaine Herzberg?

Who is ultimately to blame in the first self-driving car fatality — the technology, the victim, the safety driver, Uber, or the American city itself?

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This was artificial intelligence in the wild: not playing chess or translating text, but steering two tons of metal.

It’s called a “tombstone mentality”: defects are noticed, lessons are learned and rules are written in grim hindsight.

Excerpted from Who’s Driving Innovation? New Technologies and the Collaborative State by Jack Stilgoe. To be published by Palgrave Macmillan in January 2020.

Jack Stilgoe is an associate professor in Science and Technology Studies at University College London. @jackstilgoe

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