Re: poly: polymath digest for 09 Dec 97

From: Anders Sandberg <>
Date: Thu Dec 11 1997 - 13:32:23 PST

"Perry E. Metzger" <> writes:

> Anders Sandberg writes:
> > I think the uneasiness with cramming infinite computations into finite
> > time stems a lot from the view that the outside position somehow is
> > more privileged than the inside position.
> My discomfort comes largely because I'm not at all certain that I at
> all believe the claim of infinite computation in finite time.

That seems to be a separate problem. ICIFI (to abbreviate it a bit)
seems to be only possible under very unusual circumstances (under
normal circumstances the Bekenstein bound, the lightspeed limit etc
would stop it), and I have hypothised that ICIFI is only possible as
the c-boundary of spacetime is reached; i.e. you cannot have a ICIFI
phenomenon loose in the universe. So far we have no evidence that
ICIFI is possible in practice, although it cannot be ruled out either
in some cases.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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Received on Thu Dec 11 21:24:41 1997

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