CMU’s London to discuss Ethical Issues of Autonomous Vehicles

Monday, Feb 11, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Johns Hopkins Hospital, Zayed 2117
1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21287

Alex John London, Clara L. West Professor of Ethics and Philosophy and Director of the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, continues the Berman Institute’s 2018-19 Seminar Series with this talk, “Ethical and Regulatory Issues With Autonomous Vehicles,” on Monday, Feb. 11.

The prospect of cars and other vehicles that can drive themselves has captured the public imagination, inspiring hope of reducing the more than 30,000 deaths that occur on U.S. roads annually and instilling fear about machines making life and death decisions that are normally the sole responsibility of human drivers. London’s talk will examine novel problems posed by the development and regulation of autonomous vehicles and considers a range of ethical issues surrounding their use and deployment.
An elected Fellow of the Hastings Center, Professor London’s work focuses on ethical and policy issues surrounding the development and deployment of novel technologies in medicine, biotechnology and artificial intelligence, on methodological issues in theoretical and practical ethics, and on cross-national issues of justice and fairness. His papers have appeared in Mind, The Philosopher’s Imprint, Science, JAMA, The Lancet, The MBJ, PLoS Medicine, Statistics In Medicine, The Hastings Center Report, and numerous other journals and collections. He is also co-editor of Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, one of the most widely used textbooks in medical ethics.
Professor London is an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh and was previously a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health. Before joining Carnegie Mellon in 2000, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Bioethics and he received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Virginia.