The Trolley Problem

There is a runaway trolley, heading down a track, that will kill 5 people if you do nothing, but you can choose to divert the train and kill one person! What do you do?

This is The Trolley Problem!

Welcome to the world of moral psychology and how the thought experiment above is having real world discussions in the space of autonomous vehicles, covid lockdown and vaccination protocols, AI assisted medical diagnosis and much much more.

We discuss how simple systems get complicated very fast when you put a fast moving ton of metal onto the streets where it can interact with the unaware population going about its day to day life.

Photo by Boris Stromar on Unsplash

Dave Keeshan
Jonathan Byrne