# Difference between revisions of "Newcomb's problem"

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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/6r/newcombs_problem_vs_oneshot_prisoners_dilemma/ Newcomb's Problem vs. One-Shot Prisoner's Dilemma] by [[Wei Dai]] | *[http://lesswrong.com/lw/6r/newcombs_problem_vs_oneshot_prisoners_dilemma/ Newcomb's Problem vs. One-Shot Prisoner's Dilemma] by [[Wei Dai]] | ||

*[http://lesswrong.com/tag/newcomb/ Articles tagged 'newcomb' on LessWrong.com] | *[http://lesswrong.com/tag/newcomb/ Articles tagged 'newcomb' on LessWrong.com] | ||

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+ | *[[Prisoner's dilemma]] | ||

+ | *[[Counterfactual mugging]] | ||

+ | *[[Decision theory]] | ||

[[Category:Problems]] | [[Category:Problems]] | ||

[[Category:Decision theory]] | [[Category:Decision theory]] |

## Revision as of 04:34, 29 September 2009

In **Newcomb's problem**, a superintelligence called Omega shows you two boxes, A and B, and offers you the choice of taking only box A, or both boxes A and B. Omega has put $1,000 in box B. If Omega thinks you will take box A only, he has put $1,000,000 in it. Otherwise he has left it empty. Omega has played this game many times, and has never been wrong in his predictions about whether someone will take both boxes or not.

Terms used in relation to this paradox:

**Omega**, the superintelligence who decides whether to put the million in box A.**one-box**: to take only box A**two-box**: to take both boxes

## Blog posts

- Newcomb's Problem and Regret of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky
- Formalizing Newcomb's by cousin_it
- Newcomb's Problem standard positions by Eliezer Yudkowsky
- Newcomb's Problem vs. One-Shot Prisoner's Dilemma by Wei Dai
- Articles tagged 'newcomb' on LessWrong.com