The Trolley Problem

    (Jared Wickerham/AP Photo, file)

    (Jared Wickerham/AP Photo, file)

    Would you buy a car that’s programmed to potentially kill you?

    No way, right? But, as driverless cars are beginning to hit the road, how would you want them to behave in no-win situations, where no matter what you do, somebody will die? Should they be programmed to kill the smallest number of people possible, even if that includes you — the vehicle’s owner?

    It’s not a pretty question. We debate it with an artificial intelligence ethics expert, using a thought experiment called “The Trolley Problem.”

    Also on the show: We stare into strangers’ eyes for four minutes to see if we feel closer to them afterwards. We talk to a researcher who says he has found a pesky mosquito’s Achilles heel. And we get a sense of how tinnitus sounds as music.

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