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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Dastardly Application of the Prisoner's Dilemma

Robbie Gonzalez at io9
"The problem is a multi-player variation on the classic two-person prisoner’s dilemma, one in a handful of games designed to illustrate how individuals, by drawing on a common resource out of self-interest, can behave contrary to the best interests of society by collectively depleting the shared resource. (The larger concept was described by ecologist Garret Hardin in an influential essay, published in Science in 1968, as 'the tragedy of the commons.')"

(via James Taranto)

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