In 2018, a self-driving Uber car struck and killed a pedestrian. The company was cleared of criminal wrongdoing, but the human tasked with monitoring the system faces the prospect of manslaughter charges. As Madeleine Clare Elish writes, the outcome of this accident could be a harbinger of what lies ahead.
Why are governments focusing on the rollout of experimental (at best) notification apps amid a historic pandemic and looming economic crisis?
It might be too late to mitigate the governance issues that will certainly come from TikTok’s dizzying growth, but for whatever comes next, regulators can do better.