Rationality Quotes April 2012

And yet, if I see two nonhuman life forms A1 and A2, both of which are performing something I classify as the same task but doing it differently, and A1 and A2 interact, after which they perform the task the same way, I would likely infer that thoughts had been exchanged between them, but I wouldn't be confident that the thoughts which had been exchanged were thoughts that could be translated to a form that I could understand.

I would likely infer that thoughts had been exchanged between them, but I wouldn't be confident that the thoughts which had been exchanged were thoughts that could be translated to a form that I could understand.

Alternative explanations include:

  • They exchanged genetic material, like bacteria, or outright code, like computer programs; which made them behave more similarly.
  • They are programs, one attacked the other, killed it and replaced its computational slot with a copy of itself.
  • A1 gave A2 a copy of its black-box decision maker which both now use t
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0[anonymous]8yI think you're accepting and then withdrawing a premise here: you've identified them as interacting, and you've identified their interaction as being about the task at hand, and the ways of doing it, and the relative advantages of these ways. You've already done a lot of translation right there. So the set up of your problem assumes not only that you can translate their language, but that you in some part already have. All that's left, translation wise, is a question of precision.

Rationality Quotes April 2012

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