Yesterday a post in the Turing Church Facebook group (h/t Martin C.) mentioned a Skeptico interview with filmmaker Kent Forbes, the creator of “The Simulation Hypothesis,” a recent film about the reality-as-a-sim concept, consciousness and quantum physics. Review and related thoughts below.
Quantum physicists in the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK have confirmed in the lab that the weird instant correlations between remote “entangled” particles are real. The question that comes to mind is, can quantum weirdness be used to send instant message across space-time, faster than light?
My friend Ben Goertzel has written an awesome must-read post titled “Paranormal Phenomena, Nonlocal Mind and Reincarnation Machines.” As usual, I agree with all that Ben says. Read his post now, then my comments below.
It is not surprising that some of the best visions of technological resurrection have been proposed by science fiction writers. What is science fiction, after all, but the best way to talk meaningfully of wild speculative, still mysterious science and technology, and their likely impact on our world?
The Light of Other Days is one of my favorite science fiction books ever. It was written in 2000 by Stephen Baxter based on a synopsis by Arthur C. Clarke. This breathtaking and well written story features awesome, “magic” science and technology, from a communication breakthrough based on the exotic physics of quantum wormholes all the way to mind fusion, group minds, past viewing, and the resurrection of the dead. Very, very highly recommended.
Quantum entanglement is a “weird” conduit between events in spacetime, not limited by the speed of light. Wormholes are also a “weird” conduit between events in spacetime, not limited by the speed of light. New research seems to imply that perhaps these two weird things are really one and the same.
Suzanne Gildert gave a talk on Hack the Multiverse! on Sunday August 21, 2011, in OpenQwaq. She outlined the basics of Quantum Computing, described the the D-Wave One quantum computer, and explained how to program it.
Suzanne Gildert gave a talk in Teleplace on “Building large-scale quantum computers: Fundamentals, technology and applications” on September 4, 2010.
Can science resurrect the dead? — an article by eldras, the developer of the awesome, sprawling Quantum Archaeology website. Quantum Archaeology (QA) is the controversial science of resurrecting the dead, including their memories, by means of future science and technology.
“According to Hameroff, our souls are built of something much more fundamental than neurons,” says Morgan Freeman introducing Hameroff’s quantum consciousness theory in a recent episode of Through the Wormhole. “They are constructed from the very fabric of the universe.” Dr. Hameroff claims, “I believe that consciousness, or its immediate precursor proto-consciousness, has been in the universe all along, perhaps from the Big Bang.”