Re: virus: real world?

Dave Pape (
Fri, 17 Jan 1997 12:25:46 GMT

At 11:01 17/01/97 GMT, you wrote:
>Dave Pape wrote:
>> If you could model a conscious agent in a computer, and they got hurt when
>> they hit your (information only, pattern only) model of a wall, they'd think
>> that the wall was solid. When in fact it'd just be information.
>Would this necesarily mean, though, that the computer agent would not be
>able to pass through the "wall"? It may recieve the feedback that there is
>a "wall" there, but is it incentive enough to try a different direction,
>or to perhaps prevent the agent passing through that space?

Well, if the agent was written so it couldn't hack the code modelling the
virtual world, then no, it WOULDN'T be able to get through the wall, surely?
Because the rules governing its behaviour (and the wall's behaviour) fully
encompass its existence.

>> Sorry. I broke my golden rule and drank espresso after 8pm. Please now allow
>> me to sit here gibbering till 4am. I've already gnawed off one of my arms.
>Was it tasty?

Both coffee and limb were superb.


Dave Pape
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