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MathieuRoy comments on Archimedes's Chronophone - Less Wrong

20 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 23 March 2007 05:43PM

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Comment author: MathieuRoy 02 February 2014 06:40:00AM 4 points [-]

Nice :-) but in fact, the chronophone will transmit a problem just as hard for Archimede as FAI is to us. So he'll probably solve the problem in the same amount of time than us (so it won't help us). I wonder what would be this problem? Is going do the Moon for Archimede just as hard than building a FAI for us?

Comment author: Strange7 06 April 2014 01:35:58AM 1 point [-]

In that case, Archimedes and his successors spend a few hundred years working on the problem, and then recalibrate the chronophone to communicate over a correspondingly shorter interval, just so they can seem smarter by giving the answer immediately.

Comment author: Brilliand 23 August 2015 06:58:29AM 2 points [-]

I'd think the few hundred years of changing context there would cause the solution to come back to us as the solution to a different, much less difficult, problem.