A Philosopher’s Conundrum


A melodious jangle from the shapely clock on the mantel piece alerted Joanne to the fact that precious time was ticking away. It was close to an hour since Mervyn had challenged her with the puzzle.

The world of 2084 allows customers to choose between two forms of self driven space pods. While the “Utilitarian” would sacrifice its owner in the event of an accident to save others, the “Egobot” would do exactly the opposite. The Egobot would crush everyone in its wake to save the owner.

If every potential customer chose the Egobot, would the world end?


This story was written as part of the FRIDAY FICTIONEERS challenge, more about which may be found HERE

For the complete list of entries, please click HERE 

The credit for the breathtaking photograph goes to J Hardy Carroll