Would you sacrifice one person to save five? - Eleanor Nelsen
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This interactive lets you decide how you would respond to the classic problem and three variants, and compares your answers to those of participants in a Harvard study.
For a discussion of whether or not the trolley problem is still relevant, take a look at this article: Is One of the Most Popular Psychology Experiments Worthless?
For a discussion of how the trolley problem has been used to racial bias, political affiliation, and how they intersect, this article is a place to start.
More on the history of the trolley problem, and its application to driverless cars can be found in this article: Would You Pull the Trolley Switch? Does it Matter?
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