The following ethical conundrum has been doing the rounds, and I'd like to open it up for discussion here. Consider this hypothetical situation while looking at the picture above:
- There are two railroad tracks—one is known to be active and one is known to be not in use any longer.
- Three kids are playing on the active track.
- One kid is playing on the out-of-service track.
- The three kids know that the active track is active and frequently in use, and the one kid knows that it is safer on the out-of-service track.
- A train is suddenly speeding along on the active track.
- All four kids get their feet stuck in their respective tracks and cannot escape.
- There is a switch that is able to divert the train from the active track to the out-of-service track.
- You pull the switch, which moves the train from the active track to the out-of-service track, thereby saving the three kids on the active track and killing the one kid on the out-of-service track.
- Or you do nothing, and let the three kids on the active track die and the one kid on the out-of-service track live.
[Thanks to Jason Phoon for posting this by way of Amazing Posts.]