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Driverless cars. Martin Luther King Jr

Driverless cars. Martin Luther King Jr

by Carolyn Moynihan | April 04, 2018

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According to my younger male relations, driverless cars are the future of personal transport, and I take their word for it, without wanting to be at the head of the queue for one of these autonomous vehicles. The idea of a car with a mind of its own, even a “good” mind, is quite spooky – or would be, if that were really the case.

But, of course, it is not, as Alejo Sison points out in a piece prompted by reactions to the recent fatal accident involving an Uber AV in Arizona. The idea that this tragic incident was an “ethical” failure of artificial intelligence is fantasy, he says.

Morality is one of the distinguishing marks of human beings, and today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of one of the great moral leaders of recent American history, Martin Luther King Jr. To mark the occasion we are running again some excerpts from Dr King’s famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail" in which he set out his Christian and natural law defence of civil disobedience.

The letter’s combination of intellectual toughness and humility is light years away from the diatribes of today’s social justice warriors, more’s the pity.

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