Re: How To Live In A Simulation

From: Jim Fehlinger (
Date: Fri Mar 16 2001 - 05:22:04 MST

Eugene Leitl wrote:
> On Thu, 15 Mar 2001, Robert J. Bradbury wrote:
> > Thats one of the million dollar questions. In the 3-4 years that we have
> > had the knowledge that these things *really* do seem feasible, I haven't
> > heard anything that makes any sense as to what can be done with that
> > much processing power (other than run lots and lots of simulations).
> The human brain contains considerable computing power, which is usually
> used for watching sitcoms and hanging around malls.

Touche, touche! However, I think we're deeply biased to value
processing power as an end in itself. As heterotrophs, and
omnivorous ones at that (we both run away from and chase other
heterotrophs), we're addicted to speed -- thinking and acting
as quickly as possible with respect to events around us.

Jim F.

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