Chartis: Going rogue? Controlling risk in autonomous systems (part 1)

Imagine a runaway tram car speeding down the tracks, about to reach a signal point that splits the track in two. On one spur lie five people tied to the tracks; on the other, one person. Now for the dilemma: imagine you can pull a lever and send the trolley down the line to kill one person, or you can do nothing and it will kill five. This scenario, known as the ‘trolley problem’, illuminates the stark differences between deontology, a system of ethics centred on absolute moral rules, and util

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