Re: Cumulative probability is too small (was Re: ESSAY: How to deter a rogue AI ...)

From: Peter de Blanc (
Date: Wed Aug 22 2007 - 22:12:46 MDT

On Wed, 2007-08-22 at 20:24 -0700, Tim Freeman wrote:
> bits to transform an explanation of the world that says "these are the
> laws of physics" into one that says "these are the laws of physics
> because this simulator run by people with these motives computes it",

A precise hypothesis (i.e. code) doesn't say "B because A." It says "A,"
and B follows automatically.

"Circuit X computes square roots" is not a simpler hypothesis than
"Circuit X computes square roots because of Maxwell's Laws," because one
only needs to hypothesize Maxwell's Laws and the behavior of the circuit
follows automatically.

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