Re: Superrationality

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Thu May 25 2006 - 15:06:29 MDT

Ben Goertzel wrote:
> Hi,
> I'll be offline for the rest of the day, but I'll write up something
> clear on my very simple decision theory approach to superrationality,
> tomorrow or over the weekend, and post it for criticism ;-)
> It deals simply with Newcomb's Paradox [taking the one box] but I did
> not think about Solomon's Problem, in fact I am not sure what this
> problem is (I assume it is related to King Solomon and the
> baby-halving threat, but if you could point to a webpage giving a
> crisp formulation of the problem I'd appreciate it).

Not the baby-halving threat, actually.

Here "Solomon's Problem" is referred to as "The Smoking Lesion", but the
formulation is equivalent.

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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