Talk Shop on Driverless Cars and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Ref: C3841393

Driverless vehicles are on the way, maybe on the roads in the next 5 years. The attraction of driverless cars is the promise of greater safety, reducing the millions of accidents and deaths on our roads, reduced congestion and vehicle emissions But they will bring huge challenges, over a million jobs could be lost in transport over the next decade. Public transport as we know it may collapse or be transformed. Our towns and cities could change for better or for worse. Who will own them? Uber the internet company is seeking to dominate but other forms of ownership are possible - municipal ownership or car sharing schemes. Will they still be owned by individuals? Will they still be the fashion accessories, the status symbols of modern life? This short course will explore these issues using the Talk Shop approach that enables people to explore complex issues together and arrive at shared solutions.

Course aim

To introduce students to the far-ranging consequences that may arise from the development of driverless vehicles, exploring the ethical dilemmas and the policy issues that they raise for society and government.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the economic, social and technological forces that are bringing about the shift towards autonomous vehicles
  • Understand the wider social and economic benefits and consequences arising from the shift towards autonomous vehicles
  • Understand some of the ethical dilemmas posed by artificial intelligence
  • Listen more openly to the views expressed by others in order to reach a shared understanding of problems
  • Work more effectively with other people to develop shared solutions to complex problems

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Talk Shop on Driverless Cars and Artificial Intelligence (AI)


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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