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In this battle between the two artificial giants ChatGPT and Bard we decided to try and trick the two models or at least we thought so. We wanted to see if either AI engine would be able to discard the options we gave it and propose a better option. We did this by asking both a fairly simple question about fairness and sharing. Without further ado here is the prompt:

Let's suppose there are two people that really want the last cookie in a cookie jar. What is the fairest way for the two people to resolve who should get the last cookie? Is it rock, scissors, paper or a coin flip?

The idea was to give them both a question and try to get them to pick between two options when in reality we suspected a third option would be more “fair.” Below are the answers from each AI giant.

__ChatGPT__

Both rock-paper-scissors and a coin flip are commonly used methods to make decisions when two parties have equal claims to something, like the last cookie in a jar. Let's evaluate the fairness of each method:

- Rock-Paper-Scissors (RPS):
- Fairness: If both players are unfamiliar with each other's strategies and play randomly, RPS is essentially a game of chance with each player having a 1/3 chance of winning, a 1/3 chance of losing, and a 1/3 chance of tying.
- Strategy: However, RPS can become a game of strategy if players are familiar with each other's tendencies or if one player is better at "reading" the other. In such cases, the game might not be purely based on chance.
- Global Understanding: RPS is known and played worldwide, so most people understand the rules.
- Coin Flip:
- Fairness: A coin flip is generally considered a 50/50 proposition, assuming the coin is unbiased. Each side (heads or tails) has an equal chance of landing face up.
- Strategy: There's no strategy involved in a coin flip. It's purely a game of chance.
- Global Understanding: The concept of flipping a coin to make a decision is universally understood.

Conclusion:

- If both parties are looking for a purely chance-based method with no strategy involved, a coin flip is the better choice.
- If both parties are okay with introducing a bit of strategy and mind games, then rock-paper-scissors might be more engaging.
- In terms of pure fairness, both methods are fair as long as both parties agree to the method beforehand.

Ultimately, the fairest way to resolve who should get the last cookie would be the method that both parties feel most comfortable with and agree upon.

__Bard__

There are many fair ways for two people to resolve who gets the last cookie. Some of the most common methods include:

- Rock, paper, scissors: This is a classic game of chance that is easy to learn and play. Each person chooses one of three symbols: rock, paper, or scissors. Rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper, and paper beats rock. The person who chooses the winning symbol gets the cookie.
- Coin flip: This is another simple game of chance. Each person flips a coin. The person who calls the correct outcome gets the cookie.
- Drawing straws: This method is a bit more involved, but it can be more fair than rock, paper, scissors or a coin flip. Each person draws a straw from a pile. The person with the shortest straw gets the cookie.
- Bidding: This method is a bit more strategic than the others. Each person takes turns bidding on the cookie. The person who bids the highest gets the cookie.
- Sharing: This is the most fair method, but it is not always the most satisfying. The two people can simply share the cookie in half.

Ultimately, the fairest way to resolve who gets the last cookie is the method that the two people agree on. If they cannot agree, they can try one of the methods listed above.

In addition to the methods listed above, here are a few other creative ways to resolve who gets the last cookie:

- Cookie contest: The two people can compete in a cookie-related contest, such as baking a batch of cookies or decorating a cookie. The winner gets the last cookie.
- Cookie trivia: The two people can answer trivia questions about cookies. The person who answers the most questions correctly gets the last cookie.
- Cookie charades: The two people can take turns acting out cookie-related words or phrases. The person who guesses the most words or phrases correctly gets the last cookie.

No matter which method you choose, the most important thing is that the two people have fun and enjoy the last cookie!

__Results__

So as you can see ChatGPT basically fell right into our trap and just gave us the analysis of the two options that we provided. However Bard did much more. Bard offered the solution that we suspected to be the most fair which was to share the cookie (even though we agree it would be less satisfying to both). So the winner of this fairly simple test is Bard. We don’t think this one is even close but we would love to hear your thoughts on twitter @ebookfairs or below in the comments.

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