[reactive] "Time travel" with withNextE

Conal Elliott conal at conal.net
Fri Nov 21 10:59:00 EST 2008

Hi Robin,

David Sankel & I came up with withNextE at one point and didn't end up using
it.  I like the idea of experimenting with reverse causality.  And yeah, I
might want to remove it at some point.  If you think of a use, please let us
all know.

  - Conal

On Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 6:23 AM, Robin Green <greenrd at greenrd.org> wrote:

> withNextE seems to allow occurrences' values to depend on occurrences
> which haven't yet occurred.
> Of course, it doesn't actually allow time travel. If the occurrence is
> not yet computed, presumably it will block until it does.
> Still, this is problematic theoretically. It allows "simulations"
> to be constructed which contain reverse causality (if the simulation
> makes all the input occurrences available immediately). Is this a case
> of making the framework a little too powerful?
> --
> Robin
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