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All Hail the Driverless Car!

Saturday, April 13th 2019
03:00 - 04:30 PM EST

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What if the next car you buy or taxi you hail drives itself? Driverless cars, also known as autonomous or self-driving vehicles, are currently in test-drive mode around the globe. Proponents claim this innovation will drastically improve our lives, with fewer auto accidents, less traffic congestion and carbon emissions, as well as greater accessibility for the elderly and those with physical limitations. Opponents, however, argue that autonomous vehicles will increase traffic, render current infrastructure obsolete, and jeopardize millions of auto-related jobs. Worse yet, they say, these cars are nothing more than a computer-on-wheels, meaning an error in programming by developers, or hacking by nefarious actors, could lead to disaster. Should we proceed with caution? Or embrace the driverless car? This debate is presented in partnership with the Adam Smith Society. The Adam Smith Society — a project of the Manhattan Institute — is an expansive, chapter-based network of MBA students, professionals, and business leaders who work to foster debate about the moral, social, and economic benefits of capitalism.

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Jeffrey Sachs

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs

Director, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network & Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, best-selling author, innovative educator, and global leader in sustainable development... Read More

Chris Urmson

Chris Urmson

Co-founder and CEO of Aurora

Chris Urmson, Co-founder and CEO of Aurora, the company building self-driving technology to deliver the benefits of the future of transportation... Read More

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Meredith Broussard

Meredith Broussard

Data Journalist & Author, “Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World”

Meredith Broussard is a data journalism professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University and the author... Read More

Ashley Nunes

Dr. Ashley Nunes

Senior Research Associate, Harvard Law & MIT

Dr. Ashley Nunes studies transportation safety, regulatory policy, and behavioral economics. He earned his Ph.D. in Engineering Psychology from... Read More

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