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40 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 16 March 2008 06:26AM

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Comment author: 3p1cd3m0n 03 January 2015 10:10:45PM 0 points [-]

Should one really be so certain about there being no higher-level entities? You said that simulating higher-level entities takes fewer computational resources, so perhaps our universe is a simulation and that the creators, in an effort to save computational resources, made the universe do computations on higher-level entities when no-one was looking at the "base" entities. Far-fetched, maybe, but not completely implausible.

Perhaps if we start observing too many lower-level entities, the world will run out of memory. What would that look like?