Subject: Re: What language will be used to write the first self aware program?
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 22:26:07 -0600
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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Pascal Bourguignon  <> wrote:
| Now, observe how the relativity theory compresses the space
| in the direction of movement, while at the same time expanding
| the time of the voyager: ...

Sorry, you have this backwards. Under Special Relativity voyagers
travelling close to C experiences subjectively *slower* time -- and
the only thing that prevents them from thinking they're travelling
faster than light is the apparent contraction of space in the direction
of movement.

| ...the number processor cycles needed to do collision checking remains
| constant whatever the speed, with the trick of implementing relative
| time to each object.

Again, backwards. The subjective time available to avoid a collision
with an object becomes *less* [and thus the number processor cycles
needed to do collision checking gets *larger*] because of both the
subjectively slowing of time and the contraction of space [itDoM].
This is a real navigational hazard to near-luminal flight.

[That, and the increase in hard radiation coming at you from your
direction of travel due to  visible light in front of you getting
Doppler-shifted up into the gamma...  :-(  ]


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