|Eliezer Yudkowsky||v1.5.0Jan 2nd 2013||(+132/-99)|
|steven0461||v1.4.0Jun 26th 2012||(+9/-9)|
|steven0461||v1.3.0Jun 24th 2012||moved [[Lifespan Dilemma]] to [[Lifespan dilemma]]|
|steven0461||v1.2.0Jun 24th 2012||(+14/-14)|
|steven0461||v1.1.0Jun 24th 2012||(+7/-7)|
|steven0461||v1.0.0Jun 24th 2012||(+1473) Created page with "The '''lifespan dilemma''' is a thought experiment devised by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]] based on an argument by [[Wei Dai]]. It describes a counterintuitive consequence of [[expected..."|
It seems appealing to choose the first option, no matter how long the lifespan promised in the second option.
This requires either rejecting expected utility maximization, or using a bounded utility function.
The lifespan dilemma is related to the St. Petersburg paradox (which uses an infinite number of steps), to the "repugnant conclusion" (which involves large populations of "lives barely worth living", rather than a single long life), and to Pascal's
Mugging (where a probability is not explicitly specified).