Re: Quantum Computers
Robert J. Bradbury (bradbury@www.aeiveos.com)
Sat, 21 Aug 1999 12:44:14 -0700 (PDT)
On Fri, 20 Aug 1999, Gabriele Betti wrote:
> I'm reading a book where I found pictures of preferred shapes( as higher
> probabilities to be in that shape ) from electrons....
You are probably talking about the shapes which can be adopted by
the electron "clouds", which I believe are solutions to the
Schrodinger equations.
> I'm not aware of atomic laws and related but I'd like to know more of what
> could be related to time travel, counsciousness upload, theory of
> probabilities and other info.
I'll provide my current understanding without any details
(so you will have to "trust me")... [right! :-)]
- I believe the most recent theoretical work has demonstrated
that time travel is impossible. The recent discussions regarding
antiparticles "going back in time" are the result of a misinterpretation
of an explanation. It would have been better if the description
had been expressed as something like a "mirror image" of the
time vector, or something that would not have left the impression
that "time travel" was a reality. It is not.
- Uploading your consciousness appears feasible if nanotechnology is
feasible. If nanotechnology is not feasbile, then making an
approximate "copy" of your "mind", still seems possible.
It is likely that the the original might have to be destroyed
in the process.
- For a "theory of probabilities" Altavista only comes up with
~100 web pages, most not very interesting. For "probability
theory" it comes up with 17,000+. One place to start would
appear to be: http://bayes.wustl.edu/. That includes some
links to books and some tutorials.
Robert