A comic with two characters: a girl wearing a yellow shirt, and a girl wearing an orange shirt. Character 1 says: 'So... the Prisonners' Dilemma.' Character 2 says: 'Ah yes. Two prisoners are kept in separate cells. Each is offered a reduced sentence if she betrays the other.' Character 1 says: 'Yes, but if they BOTH choose to betray, both end up getting the full sentence.' Character 2 says: 'And there's a further twist: if both prisoners keep quiet, both will go free. But since they cannot communicate, how can they trust each-other?' Character 1 says: 'So each betrays the other and both get the full sentence. The moral is that rational choices can lead to bad outcomes.' Character 2 says: 'That's stupid! The moral should be: if you are going to be partners in crime with someone, make sure you trust them not to rat you out to the cops.' Character 1 says: 'Perhaps the real moral is that trust, mutual understanding, and communication are crucial for any successful enterprise.' Character 2 says: 'Or just: if you're arrested, try to sneak a phone in so you can talk to your mates and sort your storis out.'

Prisoners’ Dilemma: what is the moral?

A comic with two characters: a girl wearing a yellow shirt, and a girl wearing an orange shirt. Character 1 says: 'So... the Prisonners' Dilemma.' Character 2 says: 'Ah yes. Two prisoners are kept in separate cells. Each is offered a reduced sentence if she betrays the other.' Character 1 says: 'Yes, but if they BOTH choose to betray, both end up getting the full sentence.' Character 2 says: 'And there's a further twist: if both prisoners keep quiet, both will go free. But since they cannot communicate, how can they trust each-other?' Character 1 says: 'So each betrays the other and both get the full sentence. The moral is that rational choices can lead to bad outcomes.' Character 2 says: 'That's stupid! The moral should be: if you are going to be partners in crime with someone, make sure you trust them not to rat you out to the cops.' Character 1 says: 'Perhaps the real moral is that trust, mutual understanding, and communication are crucial for any successful enterprise.' Character 2 says: 'Or just: if you're arrested, try to sneak a phone in so you can talk to your mates and sort your storis out.'

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