Re: escape from simulation

From: Wei Dai (
Date: Wed Mar 31 2004 - 07:05:41 MST

On Tue, Mar 30, 2004 at 05:37:01AM -0500, Ben Goertzel wrote:
> The prior will naturally "drift" due to limitations on resources leading
> to inaccurate maximization of expected utility in the context of
> self-modification. How it will drift depends on phenomena in the
> dynamics of iteratively self-modifying systems, which none of us
> understand very well yet.

I don't see what relevance resource limitations have in this context. It's
trivial to prove that you'll never increase expected utility by changing
your prior, so assuming that Novamente either starts off with this
knowledge or quickly discovers it, and that it's smart enough to apply the
theorem when deciding whether to change its prior, it will never
change its prior.

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