Journal article

Collective Reflective Equilibrium in Practice (CREP) and controversial novel technologies

Julian Savulescu, Christopher Gyngell, Guy Kahane

BIOETHICS | WILEY | Published : 2021


In this paper, we investigate how data about public preferences may be used to inform policy around the use of controversial novel technologies, using public preferences about autonomous vehicles (AVs) as a case study. We first summarize the recent 'Moral Machine' study, which generated preference data from millions of people regarding how they think AVs should respond to emergency situations. We argue that while such preferences cannot be used to directly inform policy, they should not be disregarded. We defend an approach that we call 'Collective Reflective Equilibrium in Practice' (CREP). In CREP, data on public attitudes function as an input into a deliberative process that looks for coh..

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