Edge Edition #87

From: Spudboy100@aol.com
Date: Sat Jul 21 2001 - 11:25:24 MDT

Edge Edition #87


<<"A salt crystal has around 10 to the 17 possible bits in it," he points
out. "As an
  example, let's take your own brain. If I were to use every one of those
spins, the
  nuclear spins, in your brain that are currently being wasted and not being
used to
  store useful information, we could probably get about 10 to the 28 bits

  Sitting with Lloyd in the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Boston, overlooking the
  Boston Public Gardens, I am suddenly flooded with fantasies of licensing
  arrangements regarding the nuclear spins of my brain. No doubt this would
be a
  first in distributed computing

  Lloyd points out that so far as we know, our brains don't pay any attention
to these
  nuclear spins. "You could have a whole parallel computational universe
going on
  inside your brain. This is, of course, fantasy. But hey, it might happen."


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