Re: Genius Dogs

Anders Sandberg (
10 Oct 1997 18:43:26 +0200

"Nicholas Bostrom" <> writes:

> Hal Finney wrote:
> >[snip]
> >Interesting, although of course we all know that the infinitely fast
> >computer doesn't exist anyway.
> How do we know that? (Do you mean that we know that no infinitely
> fast computer can exist physically, or that no such machine will in
> fact ever exist in our universe, or that the decendants of humanity
> will never build such a machine?)

In general, it seems that infinities don't occur in the universe.
So far we have always seen that nature cleverly avoids them in one
way or another, so the "Infinity Censorship Conjecture" seems to
hold; my personal conjecture is that infinite computing power only
can exist at the c-boundaries of spacetime.

Evolving AI is interesting, but it seems that finding good selection
criteria is hard. It seems to take AI to recognize AI, but co-evolution
would only produce AI that works in its own world, not our world.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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