robert

14y1

Let's introduce a time limit. Say that after a maximum of S computations (i.e., computation steps using some standardized notion) have passed, each player is forced to make a decision.

Now, write a program that is opaque to introspection: to find out what it decides (i.e. to COOPERATE or DEFECT) , it must be simulated until it halts. This program could use cryptography or other obsfuscation systems (random numbers would be useful). Engineer this program so that it take exactly S steps to run to completion.

The simulating player does not have time to both simulate and interpret the results of its simulation.

Seemingly, restricting all machines to the same time limit serves to reduce the efficacy of many (all?) of these adversarial simulation strategies.

More interestingly, what if the program being simulated has a really clever algorithm that just happens to take S steps to compute?