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  • Commented on Tapeworm Logic
    Adiran, you and Dirk seem pretty confident that despite that fact that QC is such an embryonic field, they will never be able to process any type of information other than certain limited quantum simulations as per the situation today...
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    The link appears to be dead, but I found the article in a google cache. Interesting stuff indeed, thanks for that....
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    "Some codes can be scaled so that even a QC could not break them." Interesting. Care to provide a link or two that supports your claim? I would like to read about it further....
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    Dont know if you've run into Rose's Law. You can find a breif explanation here..... http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/8054771535/ Similar to Moore's law but for QC's. Apparently if the trend continues, we'll have computers "faster than the universe" (whatever that means) by 2015....
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    Or breaking previously unbreakable codes. Conventional computer security would be obsolete....
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    I don't think that anyone is suggesting that all 2^300 states can be read simultaneously. Just that they exist simultaneously while the machine is in a coherent state. But nothing would stop you from reading them one state at a...
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    @136 Sorry I'm still getting used to how posts on this blog work, and I messed this up a bit. So #139 is my response to the first part of your post. For my response to the second part, I...
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    "I believe that your interpretation of those articles may be a little off. You said: "A quantum computer with a mere 300 Qubits could store more values simultaneously than there are particles in the universe"" How about this quote....... "For...
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    It's pretty frightening isn't it? I almost hope that scaling it up and broadening the range of algorithms it can process *doesn't* prove to be feasible. An AI running on a large (or even a small) QC would make all...
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    I'm not trying to be disagreeable, just trying to point out that Charlie's analogy becomes even more interesting (and accurate IMO) if you replace "life bearing planets" with "visible universe". You were of course correct with your comment as the...
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    "It strikes me that Charlie's analogy breaks down precisely because his tapeworms don't have any sort of long-range sensory apparatus and we do: the EM spectrum." Cut to a tapeworm conversation where an intrepid tape worm called Tapeworm-Charlie has thrown...
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    While that's currently true, Quantum Computing is still a technology in its extreme infancy, and that's probably being too kind since its feasibility for doing anything useful is still far from certain. It doesn't seem excessive to suggest that a...
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    A quantum computer with a mere 300 Qubits could store more values simultaneously than there are particles in the universe. And the resulting structure would probably be microscopic if not nanoscale. Charlie's suggestion of a MB using Qubits would be...
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    sorry, thats replying to #100...
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    It did actually, but that's just scary :o...
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    The potential computing power of a Quantum computer dwarfs that of a matrioska brain. And it doesn't take the entire output of a star to run it. Just a rather large multiverse....
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    I think that the Fermi Paradox is nature's way of telling us that some of the numbers that we consider "resonable" in the Drake Equation, might be a tad high....
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    That's an interesting perspective....
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    But we can't see it. We can't see the way that large masses make spacetime curve. We can only see the *effect* of that curvature with our limited senses. We see objects traveling in ellipses around stars and planets, but...
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    Ok, lets talk sensory perception. Would a human who falls off their horse sense, or even suspect that they are actually traveling in a straight line through curved 4 dimensional space? Of course not, even though they will soon feel...
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    You might be right, after all, Charlie did postulate a *very* intelligent tapeworm. On the other hand, we humans think of ourselves as pretty intelligent too and for most of our history we have thought of gravity as a force...
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    Yeah that's the way I read it too. But really, the gut isn't just their world, its the tape worm's entire observable universe....
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    It's interesting that the tapeworm doesn't actually know about any limits to its universe. It never perceives the mouth or the anus of its host, it simply doesn't have the sensory apparatus to do so. It makes me wonder what...
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