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Autonomous Vehicles: from Whether and When to Where and How

Autonomous Vehicles: from Whether and When to Where and How Philosophy & Technology (2019) 32:569–573 https://doi.org/10.1007/s13347-019-00384-5 EDITOR LETTER Autonomous Vehicles: from Whether and When to Where and How 1,2 Luciano Floridi Published online: 11 November 2019 Springer Nature B.V. 2019 1 Introduction When Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller premiered in 1949, the job of selling merchandise by peddling wares in a designated area was common. It was a very different age—intermodal containers were being standardised, and consumerism was becoming rampant. In the play, the salesman, Willy Loman, is unhappy about all his travelling, and rightly so. The disappearance of his kind of job reminds us that, until recently, we thought that digital technologies were just going to decrease the need to move around. Today, we shop online, and the new selling agents are recommender systems (Milano et al. 2019), which canvass the space of information, or infosphere.It is true that we move a lot of bytes and not just atoms around, yet this is not the whole story. It is really too simplistic to conclude that the only impact that the digital revolution has, and is still having, on mobility has been that of reducing it. One still hears some driverless car evangelists arguing this (sometimes hijacking http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy & Technology Springer Journals

Autonomous Vehicles: from Whether and When to Where and How

Philosophy & Technology , Volume 32 (4) – Nov 11, 2019

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2019 by Springer Nature B.V.
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Philosophy; Philosophy of Technology
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2210-5433
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2210-5441
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10.1007/s13347-019-00384-5
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Philosophy & Technology (2019) 32:569–573 https://doi.org/10.1007/s13347-019-00384-5 EDITOR LETTER Autonomous Vehicles: from Whether and When to Where and How 1,2 Luciano Floridi Published online: 11 November 2019 Springer Nature B.V. 2019 1 Introduction When Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller premiered in 1949, the job of selling merchandise by peddling wares in a designated area was common. It was a very different age—intermodal containers were being standardised, and consumerism was becoming rampant. In the play, the salesman, Willy Loman, is unhappy about all his travelling, and rightly so. The disappearance of his kind of job reminds us that, until recently, we thought that digital technologies were just going to decrease the need to move around. Today, we shop online, and the new selling agents are recommender systems (Milano et al. 2019), which canvass the space of information, or infosphere.It is true that we move a lot of bytes and not just atoms around, yet this is not the whole story. It is really too simplistic to conclude that the only impact that the digital revolution has, and is still having, on mobility has been that of reducing it. One still hears some driverless car evangelists arguing this (sometimes hijacking

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Philosophy & TechnologySpringer Journals

Published: Nov 11, 2019

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