Peter Jones writes:

> I have no problem with the idea that algorithms can be identified
> with abstract structures consisting of relations. (As opposed, for
> instance,
> to Stathis's identification of algorithms with inteprretations by
> virtual interpreters).

We don't have a problem until we come up against *conscious* 
algorithms, potentially conscious in the absence of any external 
input, interpreter or observer. If non-conscious algorithms are thus 
isolated it makes no difference whether they are run or not, but if 
they are conscious, it does make a difference - to them.

Stathis Papaioannou
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