Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality Fanart

All I have to say for myself is that it (see chapter 17) was too clever for me not to make a graph.

Factoring by Time Travel

Also, Yudkowsky did actually use the product of two prime numbers.  I checked: 181,429 factors to 397 * 457.

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3 Responses to “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality Fanart”

  1. Fan Art | Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality Says:

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  2. Anonymous Says:

    Why is 101 constant in b>997 term?

    • colah Says:

      Because, by premise, a and b are 3 digit numbers. 101 is the smallest 3 digit prime, so when we loop around, we start there.

      Since we don’t really care about efficiency, it would have worked just as well and perhaps been more easily understandable if one had started at 100 and gone to 999, incrementing by 1 instead of 2. Oh well. :)

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