A new online summer course is now being offered, TMC 498/FSE 598: Ethics of Technology Entrepreneurship: Autonomous Vehicles, taught by Jason Bronowitz and Carolyn Hirata. The course fulfills the university literacy and critical thinking (L) requirement. This is a Summer B session course, running from Wednesday, July 3, 2019, through Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Review the syllabus to learn more.
Cars driving on highway

Undergraduate students

  • ASU Online #47180 (undergraduate, TMC 498)
  • iCourse #47181 (undergraduate, TMC 498)

Graduate students

  • ASU Online #46951 (graduate, FSE 598)
  • iCourse #46904 (graduate, FSE 598)
Today, technology is used to help drivers from becoming distracted, avoid road hazards and automate many navigation tasks. The future of autonomous vehicles will eclipse assisted driving technology, operating much differently and engendering a new realm of ethical and moral questions. This course explores ethical issues in technological entrepreneurship, specifically focusing on the implementation of autonomous vehicles. Includes the relationship between technology, ethics and law. Topics covered include: How should communities determine policies on autonomous vehicles? (How) should autonomous vehicles be programmed to make life-and-death decisions? How should society navigate between what is technologically feasible and what is desirable?
If you have any questions or difficulty enrolling, please reach out to jason.bronowitz@asu.edu. Graduate students should enroll in FSE 598 (ASU Online #46951, iCourse #46904).
“Why should you have to worry about the fate of humankind when other people should be doing so, including our government and business leaders? The reason is that they are not worrying about the fate of humankind—at least, not enough, and not in the right ways. Technology companies are trying to build standards for the Internet of Things; scientists are attempting to develop ethical standards for human-genome editing; and policy makers at the FAA are developing regulations for drones. They are all narrowly focused. Very few people are looking at the big picture, because the big picture is messy and defies simple models. With so many technologies all advancing exponentially at the same time, it is very hard to see the forest for the trees.”
—Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever in The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future