A Dirty Twist on Beating the Prisoner’s Dilemma

A Dirty Twist on Beating the Prisoner’s Dilemma

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The “prisoner’s dilemma” is a classic psychology game used to study how collaboration evolves in animal societies. Now, a pair of mathematicians have identified a new way of playing the game that allows a player to do significantly better than their opponent. Whereas most winning strategies involve playing nice, the new method relies on playing dirty.

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