Re: The dumb SAI and the Semiautomatic Singularity

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Tue Jul 09 2002 - 04:04:28 MDT

Cliff Stabbert wrote:
> Tuesday, July 9, 2002, 12:27:01 AM, Tomaz Kristan wrote:

> you say. Do you have any argument for this? Isn't there
> an infinity of states even one atom or molecule can be in, let alone
> the number that make up a human body?

Certainly not. An atom can only be in a one basic state, the
one that defines that atomic element, plus, for some, a few
isotopes and such. Not an infinite number of states. A
molecule by definition is a molecule of something. It can't be
in an "infinite number of states", not and still be that
molecule. Now the set of all possible states of all matter in
the universe is argumably a different order of infinity than,
say, the integers. It is not countable. Does that mean the
universe is not computable? No.

- samantha

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