474. The Truly Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma

474. The Truly Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma

For everyone who thought that the rational choice in yesterday’s True Prisoner’s Dilemma was to defect, a follow-up dilemma:

Suppose that the dilemma was not one-shot, but was rather to be repeated exactly 100 times, where for each round, the payoff matrix looks like this:

Humans: C Humans:  D
Paperclipper: C (1 million people tortured, 2 paperclips gained) (nobody tortured, +0 paperclips)
Paperclipper: D (5 million tortured, +3 paperclips) (3 million tortured, +1 paperclip)

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