The Trolley Problem is Not the Problem

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The trolley problem is a thought experiment, often used as a basis for starting a discussion about ethics. There are five people in the way of an oncoming trolley, do you pull the lever to divert it to kill only a single person?

You may recognize this as similar to the ethical issues that arise with self-driving cars. A grandma is in the middle of the road, should the Tesla swerve away, knowing…