On one hand, it seems clear that climate scientists have a moral duty to speak up about the global warming crisis, particularly given the existential nature of the perils at hand. But views differ on what, exactly, is the best way for them to advocate for societal action against climate change.… Read the rest
An Autonomous Car Might Decide You Should Die
But that prospect isn’t as scary as it sounds
The “trolley problem” is an old, familiar thought experiment in ethics. Lately it has been enjoying a rather outlandish level of exposure. Much of the credit goes to journalists applying the problem to autonomous cars. Those discussions end up feeling remote and theoretical. Yet by revising the problem just slightly, it can contribute to both a realistic and urgent debate on self-driving cars… which is precisely what I’m fixin’ to do in this article.
First, let’s make sure everyone is on the same page. What follows is one iteration of the original trolley problem:
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