Saturday, March 2, 2019

Negotiating Traffic, by Brad Preslar

★★★☆☆ Average

(Near-Future SF) Jeff has trouble living with the discovery that self-driving cars value his life more than other people’s because he’s a key executive. (5,154 words; Time: 17m)

"Negotiating Traffic," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 03-04|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.110 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: : It does highlight a potential moral hazard. We theoretically could program autonomous machinery to prioritize the value of some lives over others. The “trolley problem” is real in software.

Con: Why didn’t Jeff just go to the media with his story? It’s hard to see why he decided to murder his boss instead. It’s also hard to see why anyone agreed to help him do it.

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