Re: UPLOAD: advocatus diaboli

Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Sun, 12 Jan 1997 10:32:42 -0600

> Seriously though, wouldn't it be possible for phenomena to emerge from
> a communicating and competitive society of Turing machines (as in the
> brain being a 'Society of Minds') that one would not see from a
> single, stand-alone Turing machine (assuming such a thing were even
> possible in practice)?

Are you the same guy who was complaining about Java breaking
encapsulation? Somehow, I'm not in the least bit surprised.


One Turing machine can simulate a communicating and competitive society
of them. (With, of course, no probability of any of them ever getting
out.) Parallel, serial, RAM, tape - all can be simulated by the One
True Basis of Computation... the Turing machine.

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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