The Unexpected Hanging Paradox from an AI Viewpoint

Matjaž Gams


This position paper hypothesizes that humans are becoming smarter, not only when using ICT and AI
tools, but on their own, particularly due to the progress of AI knowledge. As is common when
demonstrating that one computing mechanism is stronger than another, we chose a well-known task –
the unexpected hanging paradox –that humans were previously unable to resolve efficiently, but can
now do so thanks to new knowledge. We show that the cause of prior problems was with ambiguous
definition, as it was in the case of the liar paradox.

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