Can Silicon Valley navigate its moral choices?

Oh, how we miss the trolley problem. There's a runaway trolley plunging towards a widow and five orphans, but if you pull the lever to divert it, you will hit Mr Elon Musk. Which do you choose?

Not long ago, that diabolical choice was the hardest moral question a technologist was likely to face over the course of a typical day. (And it was utterly hypothetical, unless you were building autonomous vehicles.)

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2019, with the headline 'Can Silicon Valley navigate its moral choices?'. Print Edition | Subscribe