[sl4] Re: A hypothesis for what our world might simulate

From: Aleksei Riikonen (aleksei@iki.fi)
Date: Tue Jan 13 2009 - 01:33:04 MST

On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 9:03 AM, Krekoski Ross <rosskrekoski@gmail.com> wrote:
> yes, I said infinite with the implication that our nested simulated
> researchers would possibly create nested simulated researchers of their own
> ad infinitum. well actually ad until our nested researchers spread computing
> resources so thinly that we run out of RAM or something.

It was specified that there's communication between the simulated
researchers. That communication would obviously include prevention of
such silly recursion.

> We still might not get our FAI though. Its not clear to me actually how creating
> a series of nested reality simulations actually "solves" anything other than
> having too much computing resources...

The key part of the solution is that the simulated researchers would
be operating at a substantial subjective speed-up. Humans with
biological brains are slow, while simulated humans could possibly do
centuries worth of thinking and experimentation in an hour of the real
world's time.

Series of nested realities are not a key part of the solution. I don't
think there'd be very many levels in any sensible variation (even
though there could be substantial *parallelism*), but I can imagine
some uses for a level or two inside the primary simulation.

Aleksei Riikonen - http://www.iki.fi/aleksei

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