The Friday Fillip: Quacks Like a Computer

When your friends (are they really friends?) suggest that you’re spending more time with IT and computers than you should be, you’ll soon be able to answer them back that everything is really a computer, or part of one, so there’s no alternative.

Coming in March is a book by Seth Lloyd, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, called Programming the Universe: A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos (Knopf, ISBN 1400040922 / also available now as an e-book). As the title suggests, Lloyd shows how the universe is in fact a computer. Here’s an excerpt (via Cool Tools):

The conventional view is that the universe is nothing but elementary particles. That is true, but it is equally true that the universe is nothing buts bits — or rather, nothing but qubits. Mindful that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it’s a duck, from this point on we’ll adopt the position that since the universe registers and processes information like a quantum computer and is observationally indistinguishable from a quantum computer, then it is a quantum computer.

Apparently, those in the know now say, “All its are bits.”

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