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Newcomb's problem

Fox-McCloud
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1/6/2014 7:26:58 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
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.

Omega: the superintelligence who decides whether to put the million in box A.

http://wiki.lesswrong.com...'s_problem

What would you do?

one-box: to take only box A
or
two-box: to take both boxes

And why?
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NiqashMotawadi3
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1/6/2014 11:55:00 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 1/6/2014 7:26:58 AM, Fox-McCloud wrote:
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.

Omega: the superintelligence who decides whether to put the million in box A.

http://wiki.lesswrong.com...'s_problem

What would you do?

one-box: to take only box A
or
two-box: to take both boxes

And why?

Your link is broken. I personally would take both as that seems the less likely decision, if I understand correctly.
Fox-McCloud
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1/6/2014 1:43:17 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Oh, that's a shame, I did not notice that.

Since I can discover no edit-button I will post the link once again:

wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/newcomb's_problem
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Fox-McCloud
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1/6/2014 1:48:41 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 1/6/2014 11:55:00 AM, NiqashMotawadi3 wrote:
At 1/6/2014 7:26:58 AM, Fox-McCloud wrote:
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.

Omega: the superintelligence who decides whether to put the million in box A.

http://wiki.lesswrong.com...'s_problem

What would you do?

one-box: to take only box A
or
two-box: to take both boxes

And why?

Your link is broken. I personally would take both as that seems the less likely decision, if I understand correctly.

So, because it is the less likely decision you would two-box? Can you elaborate?
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