Author Archives: Jack Stilgoe

We Need New Rules for Self-Driving Cars


This article is in Preparing for the Next Flood, Spring 2018


Autonomous vehicles will change the world in ways both anticipated and entirely unexpected. New rules should be flexible while ensuring that self-driving cars are safe, broadly accessible, and avoid the worst unintended consequences. There is a sign on the campus of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Virginia that reads “From tragedy we draw […]

Book Review: Nobody Knows Anything


This article is in A New Global Environment for Space Policy, Summer 2016


The Cunning of Uncertainty by Helga Nowotny. Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2016, 220 pp. In a memoir, the screenwriter William Goldman reflected on his moviemaking career, wondering why some films caught the public imagination and soared, while others flopped. His depressing conclusion was that “nobody knows anything.” Although Hollywood projects an image of brash self-confidence, behind […]