Re: poly: The singleton hypothesis

From: Nick Bostrom <>
Date: Mon May 04 1998 - 20:34:51 PDT

Robin Hanson wrote:

> What if a war with aliens were like a game of Go, where subtle strategy
> choices could make a big difference? Does analysis of a game like Go also
> reach limits, where more analysis won't give more ability?

I think the most computationally demanding battle decisions would be
ones one a small scale. Then, even if it is not feasible to come up
with an optimal strategy, what would determine the outcome at a
particular battle scene might not be the general level of
technological development (as long as it's above a certain very high
level) but rather how much computing power the combatants have
available at the scene.

Nick Bostrom
Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
London School of Economics
Received on Tue May 5 02:42:00 1998

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