April 3 2021 — On April 3 1996, FBI agents raided the Montana cabin of Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber. In his essays, the Unabomber wrote about ethics and technology. The current pandemic raises many such issues. Is it ‘right’ to impose a vaccine if you know that it will save millions while killing a few? Let me ask you a hypothetical question… The trolley problem is a thought experiment in ethics modeling an ethical dilemma. It is generally considered to represent a classic clash between two schools of moral thought, utilitarianism and deontological ethics. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
The general form of the problem is this. There is a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move.
The trolley is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever.
If you pull this lever, the trolley will switch to a different set of tracks. However, you notice that there is one person on the side track.
You have two options:
A — Do nothing and allow the trolley to kill the five people on the main track.
B — Pull the lever, diverting the trolley onto the side track where it will kill one person.
Which is the more ethical option? Or, more simply: What is the right thing to do?
Intel Today would like to know what you think?
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The Trolley Problem Explained
In 1967 Philippa Foot introduced us to the thought experiment called the Trolley Problem. This problem introduces a situation where a runaway trolley carrying four people is careening down the tracks towards a dead end.
The four people in the trolley will certainly be killed in nothing is done. There is an option to divert the runaway trolley and save the four people but in doing so you will kill one person that is in the path of the now diverted trolley. What do you do?
In this clip a robot is introduced in to the equation. Can humans code A.I. that would make the right choice.?
Trolley problem — Wikipedia
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