Oracles and The Right Answer

In which the conversation about heuristics and oracles continues… Tony’s brow furrowed as he spoke. “No oracle comes with a guarantee that it’s giving you the right answer. That’s what you said. But surely there are some oracles that are reliable,” he said. “What about pure math?” “Pure math? All right. Here’s an example: what’s 61 plus 45?” “Duh. 106.” “Well,” I said, “for many computer systems prior to the … Read more