Acausal trade

Acausal trade is a speculative form of cooperation between two agents who cannotwho, despite being unable to causally affect or communicate with each other, but can predict each others' decisions sufficiently accurately to act in ways that benefit one another.by predicting what the other wants and doing it.

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Acausal trade is a speculative form of cooperation between agents who cannot causally affect or communicate or affectwith each other, but can predict each others' decisions sufficiently accurately to allow cooperation.act in ways that benefit one another.

Further reading

Fox, Joshua et al. (2012) Acausal trade, LessWrong Wiki, March 12 (updated 21 September 2021).

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altruistic coordination | moral cooperation | moral trade

Acausal trade is a speculative form of cooperation between agents who cannot causally communicate or affect each other, but can predict each others' decisions sufficiently accurately.accurately to allow cooperation.

Acausal trade is a speculative form of cooperation between agents who can predict each others' decisions sufficiently accurately.

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