Re: The Rapidly-Accelerating Computer

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Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 13:13:35 EDT

In a message dated 09/14/2000 9:05:44 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

> Stewart, on the other hand, considers the RAC, whose clock accelerates
> exponentially fast, with pulses separated by intervals of 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 ...
> seconds. So the RAC can cram an infinite number of computational steps into
> single second.

It may be impossible to construct such a machine in our universe, but can we
achieve the same results by slowing down the consciousness of the observer
observing a conventional computer? In other words, each observer's clock
cycle (assuming a computer model for the observer) would double in duration
in relation to the computer clock. Could there be such an observer in our
universe? I suspect that there can't be because the construction of the
observer's clock woud require smaller and smaller energy packets in the
presence of constant background noise.

George Levy
Received on Thu Sep 14 2000 - 10:22:21 PDT

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