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This is a place for interested students to post links to their project reports and/or presentations.
(Participation is optional. For additional discussion about Newcomb’s problem and free will, please post in thread #12b.) Feel free to post any thoughts you’ve had related to the topics discussed in class #13: The concept of a “technological singularity” and … Continue reading
Do you believe the superintelligent “Predictor” of Newcomb’s Paradox could exist? Does your answer depend on specific properties of the laws of physics (such as the uncertainty principle)? Does it depend on the assumption that humans are “open systems”, in constant … Continue reading
If philosophers, mathematicians, etc. had been clever enough, could they have figured out that natural selection was the right explanation for life a priori, without input from naturalists like Darwin? If life exists on other planets, should we expect that … Continue reading
By student request, I’ve created this post as a place for students and listeners in 6.893 to discuss any questions related to philosophy and theoretical computer science that don’t fit into the other posts.
In general, do computational complexity limitations pose a serious challenge to classical economic theory? If so, is that challenge over and above the one posed by ordinary cognitive biases? Note that there are really two components to these questions: the first … Continue reading
The “Deutsch Argument” for the Many-Worlds Interpretation (“Where Was The Number Factored?”) Does the possibility of scalable quantum computers prove (or rather, “re-prove”) the Many-Worlds Interpretation, as Deutsch believes? If not, does it at least lend support to MWI? Is MWI … Continue reading