Wilfrid Posted May 9, 2011 Share Posted May 9, 2011 Did anyone else work through the recent NYer article on quantum computing? Certainly interesting. In the briefest terms possible, the ability (potential) of quantum computing to run calculations which in theory would take more than the entire capacity of the world's regular computers to run is seen (by some) as evidence for the multiple world explanation of quantum mechanics. Yes, this is some weird shit. The article does refer to the philosophical aspects of this work - easier to write about than to test. I wish it had made some explicit connections with possible world theory in philosophy, because that has some real problems and I suspect multiple worlds as an explanation of how quantum mechanics - and computing - works might face similar problems I assume Professor Johnson is unimpressed, as this seems to be largely an Oxford caper. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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