From: Matt Mahoney (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Jan 23 2008 - 19:03:44 MST
--- firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> On Jan 23, 2008 4:28 PM, Matt Mahoney <email@example.com> wrote:
> > --- firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > > In my opinion there is a straightforward argument based on economics
> > > for why it's unlikely we would exist in someone's simulation. That is
> > > that extracting meaning is inherently expensive, and like the entropic
> > > arrow, it will always generally pay better for an agent to look
> > > forward than behind.
> > Who said there was "someone" running the simulation?
> How can there be a "simulation" without intent to simulate?
> How can there be intent without agency?
We know nothing about the simulating universe. We cannot assume that there is
any "intent" to simulate. The concept of intention could be meaningless.
Ultimately it could be just a mathematical model, the set N of integers, where
each element maps to a program.
-- Matt Mahoney, email@example.com
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