Delicate complexity? (was: RE: computronium prime-oxide_

Nick Bostrom (
Sun, 22 Nov 1998 23:32:42 +0000

Hal Finney wrote:

> they ran into balancing problems, where trivial
> strategies would dominate (often a problem with alife simulations).
> At last report they were introducing various ad hoc rules and limitations
> to try to get robust evolutionary behavior.

At this most basic level, complexity or growth in compexity does certainly not seem to be the most likely or natural situation. But since it's boring (for the human psychology) we change the parameters until we get something interesting. I makes me wonder if we may not be prone to overestimate the likelihood that the far future will be complex.

Nick Bostrom Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method London School of Economics