Some of the pandemic’s damages — as traumatic and painful as they are — will be relatively short-lived. Other consequences will have much longer-term influence on societies.
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.