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54 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 15 November 2007 07:56AM

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Comment author: Richard_Hollerith2 15 November 2007 03:16:46PM 0 points [-]

I’m running into a problem with ‘terminal’ values . . .

A terminal value posits all futures — this is an endless recusive algorithm. (At least I don’t have an end to the future in my thinking now).

I believe this is a real problem, and my way of resolving it is to push my terminals values indefinitely far into the future, so for example in my system for valuing things, only causal chains of indefinite length have nonzero intrinsic importance or value. To read a fuller account, click on my name.