Prisoner's dilemma

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The Prisoner's dilemma is a classic problem in game theory. The game is often presented as a circumstance where rational players will both defect and therefore have a lower payoff than irrational players. The Less Wrong community, in particular Eliezer Yudkowsky, argues that the standard interpretation is incorrect, and rational agents must commit to cooperating if the other player is also rational.

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  • Drescher, Gary (2006). Good and Real. Cambridge: The MIT Press. ISBN 0262042339.