[FoRK] Physical limit on total amount of computation vs. Bostrom...

Gordon Mohr (PERSONAL) gojomo at usa.net
Wed Apr 28 10:38:27 PDT 2004


Russell Turpin wrote:
> Slashdot references this recent paper on
> tighter physical limits to the total amount
> of computation:
> 
> http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0404510
> 
> This kind of result has an impact on
> Bostrom's argument that we likely live
> in a simulation by our descendants.
> Given a finite amount of future
> computation, computation remains a
> scarce resource, and its use for this
> purpose might be limited. Maybe only
> those of us whom our descendants
> view as especially interesting get
> reborn this way. ;-)

If I were to run conscious ancestors (or lab
rats or recreational avatars or whatever) inside
a simulation, and I wanted them to take their
"universe" at face value, I might very well make
its computational-capacity ceiling appear pretty
low, to keep them in the dark as long as I'd
like.

- Gordon




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