Re: Riddles (was: Lateral Thinking)

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sat Jan 06 2001 - 22:17:13 MST

Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 12:05 PM 6/01/01 -0500, Eliezer wrote:
> >> of is ... well, it's just dumb -- you had two keys to one of the boxes?
> >Of course. How else would I get two locked boxes each containing the
> >other's key in the first place?
> This is a *flabbergastingly* uninteresting `solution'. Why not just say you
> used a teleport machine? Why not say that the keys were tailored paramecia
> (one older than the other) that oozed this way and that? Why not say both
> locks opened with the same key? Several other proffered solutions
> (including both of mine) strike me as far truer to the spirit of the puzzle
> than this fudge.

Yes, but I went out and *did* it. Physically. To verify that it worked.
That's all that made it interesting! I would never have posted it

(I wouldn't use a blowtorch, since that might spoil the boxes' contents,
but I did think about using a gun or a sledgehammer to smash it open.
Maybe I'm becoming too attached to real life.)

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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