[extropy-chat] Fragmentation of computations

Russell Wallace russell.wallace at gmail.com
Tue Mar 27 12:29:17 UTC 2007

On 3/27/07, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:

> Similarly, if computations can be self-aware, then self-aware computations
> must be lurking all around us in noise, perhaps in elaborate virtual worlds,
> but never able to interact in any way with the substrate of their
> implementation. The only way to avoid this strange idea is to say that
> computations can't be self-aware.

Though even from the Platonist viewpoint, it is still wrong to say that a
rock contains self-aware computation. You can say that some subset of the
Tegmark multiverse contains self-aware computation, and you can say that
there exists a mapping from the rock to this subset. But any information in
the rock + mapping is contained in the mapping, not the rock. The rock is a
red herring.
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