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

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Comment author: Peter_de_Blanc 24 March 2007 01:21:27AM 21 points [-]

You should ask the greatest mathematician of the ancient world to work on FAI theory. If he solves the analogous problem, then when he explains his solution to you over the Chronophone, it'll come out on your end as a design for an AI.

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.