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Alicorn comments on Luminosity (Twilight Fanfic) Discussion Thread 3 - Less Wrong

10 Post author: Alicorn 30 December 2010 02:37PM

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Comment author: Alicorn 06 January 2011 12:51:46AM 4 points [-]

Could she create other sub-agents with particular purposes?

Yes, to a point. She can only create agents that represent parts of her that actually exist, though. She can't graft onto herself arbitrary traits by making subagents about them.

Could she create a 'Math' sub-agent that was really good at calculus?

This one is ruled out on a meta level: I cannot write a subagent that is good at calculus.

Comment author: alethiophile 06 January 2011 01:43:23AM 2 points [-]

Assuming that the needs of the narrative were taken care of, could she? Would she have to already be good at calculus herself to do so? If she was, but it took her entire concentration, could making a Math sub-agent allow her to do it 'in the background'?

Comment author: Alicorn 06 January 2011 01:54:41AM 2 points [-]

Assuming that the needs of the narrative were taken care of, could she?

If she somehow contained calculus skill (e.g. if she had memories from somebody who was good at calculus), then she could make a subagent about that. Making a Math subagent would indeed allow this skill to require less of the main subagent's conscious attention.

Comment author: RobinZ 06 January 2011 01:23:29AM 1 point [-]

This one is ruled out on a meta level: I cannot write a subagent that is good at calculus.

How difficult would it be to collaborate with another party in order to allow such a thing?

Comment author: Alicorn 06 January 2011 01:28:23AM *  2 points [-]

I don't have a great collaboration track record. I managed it once for a while (a few years), but with a supernaturally easy-to-get-along-with person who still eventually found it too annoying to deal with me and has since abandoned our project to my tender mercies.