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Functional Decision Theory: A New Theory of Instrumental Rationality

@article{Yudkowsky2017FunctionalDT,
  title={Functional Decision Theory: A New Theory of Instrumental Rationality},
  author={Eliezer Yudkowsky and N. Soares},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2017},
  volume={abs/1710.05060}
}
This paper describes and motivates a new decision theory known as functional decision theory (FDT), as distinct from causal decision theory and evidential decision theory. Functional decision theorists hold that the normative principle for action is to treat one's decision as the output of a fixed mathematical function that answers the question, "Which output of this very function would yield the best outcome?" Adhering to this principle delivers a number of benefits, including the ability to… Expand
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