Re: A thread that has nothing to do with memes or the Singularity

Hara Ra (
Sat, 28 Dec 1996 09:58:23 -0800

Lyle Burkhead wrote:
> Forrest Bishop writes,
> > The idea is to counter an incoming phonon (or one
> > vector component of the phonon) with an anti-phonon,
> > analogous to noise cancellation.
> This is basically a physics problem.

This approach won't work for the same reason Maxwell's Demon doesn't
work. There is no way to obtain the information required for the
anti-phonon without generating mucho entropy. However there are *many*
approaches which DO work, look at the various methodologies used in the
Bose-Einstein condensate experiments to get to nanokelvin temperatures.

BTW, if you read Nanosystems it becomes clear that the rigidity of
diamondoid structures preclude the need to refrigerate for Dreslerian
Nanotech assembly work.

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