Choosing Between Life and Death During COVID-19: The A.I. Trolley Problem

This ethical thought experiment, known as the Trolley Problem, was put forth by Philippa Foot back in 1967 to challenge different schools of moral thought. In Lodi, Italy, this dilemma is far from theoretical. Doctors had to decide whom to allocate ICU beds to, due to the shortage of resources amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Di Bartolomeo reports that some patients “are not candidates” for ventilation support due to their old age or frail condition.


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