We did talk about this paper about a year ago - maybe on foar.

I agree its interesting, though.


On Fri, Oct 04, 2013 at 10:47:39AM -0700, meekerdb wrote:
> Here's another philosophical/computational paper by Scott Aaronson,
> which I think is more interesting than the one on Knightian freedom.
> It's also quite long (58pg). Section 4 is most relevant to AI and
> Turing tests.
> 
> arXiv:1108.1791v3 [cs.CC] 14 Aug 2011
> 
> Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity
> Scott Aaronson
> *
> Abstract
> One might think that, once we know something is computable, how efficiently
> it can be com- puted is a practical question with little further 
> philosophical importa
> nce. In this essay, I offer a detailed case that one would be wrong.
> In particular, I argue that
> computational complexity theory--the field that studies the
> resources (such as time, space, and ra
> ndomness) needed to solve computational problems--leads to new perspectives 
> on the nature
> of mathematical knowledge, the strong AI debate, computationalism, the 
> problem of logical omn
> iscience, Hume's problem of induction, Goodman's grue riddle, the foundations 
> of quantum mech
> anics, economic rationality, closed timelike curves, and several
> other topics of philosophical int erest. I end by discussing aspects
> of complexity theory itself that could benefit from philosop hical
> analysis.
> 
> http://arxiv.org/pdf/1108.1791.pdf
> 
> Brent
> 
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