A runaway trolley is hurtling toward five unsuspecting rail workers. If it hits them, it will surely kill them. You happen to be standing next to a switch that could divert the train onto a separate track, where only one rail worker is standing. If you flip the switch, the five workers will be spared and the single worker will be killed. Would you flip the switch? This is the classic trolley problem, and though it's 50 years old, it's becoming even more important with the spread of artificial intelligence.
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Written by Ashley Hamer November 29, 2017
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