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

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 23 March 2007 06:50:26PM 0 points [-]

Joseph, the chronophone won't transmit a literal description of a Rubik's Cube any more than it will transmit a description of a printing press. But if you've ever mused over apparently trivial toys, you could talk about your own musings into the chronophone, and it would be translated appropriately on the other end. What appropriate "trivial toys" have you mused over?

Comment author: ESRogs 05 April 2013 07:11:06PM 4 points [-]

Wasn't Joseph already using the Rubik's cube as an example of a trivial toy?

Comment author: pure-awesome 04 May 2013 11:45:02PM 7 points [-]

Yes, I don't think Joseph's intention was to get Archimedes to understand a Rubix cube. I believe his intention was to get Archimedes to play with 'trivial toys' and so he thought talking about Rubix cubes might do the trick.