Trolley Problem

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A hypothetical moral dilemma:
(1) If person A allows a speeding trolley to continue along its path—i.e., does not act—multiple people will be killed
(2) If person A instead causes one person’s death—i.e., does act—multiple people are saved; therein lies the dilemma: passively allow multiple deaths, or actively kill one—i.e., commit homicide—but save many
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The problem resembles philosopher Philippa Foot's most famous ethical thought experiment - the trolley problem. Imagine you are driving a trolleybus.
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In recent years, and specifically with regard to self-driving vehicles, the question has been phrased as the "Trolley Problem." It runs like this: a trolley is running down the track toward five people.
Self-driving cars are programmed to make ethical decisions similar to the famous trolley problem that presents a choice between doing nothing and killing five people or acting and killing one.
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Greene begins Part 2 with the ubiquitous trolley problem. He wants to show how brains weigh the morality of sparing five lives from a death-destroying runaway trolley at the cost of losing one life by deliberately pushing a hefty trolley-stopping person in the path of death or passively moving a switch, which has the result of saving five passengers but killing a hapless person who happens to be on the switched-to track.
Consider the "trolley problem." The modern form of the trolley problem was articulated in 1967 by British philosopher Philippa Foot using this example: Imagine a runaway streetcar is racing toward five workers.
Sometimes while I'm driving to a store--well, Aunt Ava drives while I listen to music on my phone--I think about my philosophy class last spring, which I actually liked and kept attending after I'd quit the rest, and this thing we learned about called the Trolley Problem. It's a famous conundrum involving whether you'd kill one person to save a bunch of others.