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25 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 11 November 2008 07:01PM

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Comment author: Caledonian2 11 November 2008 08:06:04PM 0 points [-]

Caledonian: couldn't you always do better in such a case, in principle (ignoring resource limits), by increasing resolution?

I double-checked the concept of 'optical resolution' on Wikipedia.Resolution is (roughly speaking) the ability to distinguish two dots that are close-together as different - the closer the dots can be and still distinguished, the higher the resolution, and the greater detail that can be perceived.

I think perhaps you mean 'sensitivity'. It's the ability to detect weak signals close to perceptual threshold that noise improves, not the detail.