RE: Quantum Probability and Decision Theory

From: Ben Goertzel <>
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2002 13:00:22 -0500

> When a finite quantum computer can break the Turing barrier, that will
> prove something. But when your first step is to prepare an infinite
> superposition, that has no applicability to the physical universe.
> Hal Finney

Precisely. Deutsch's arguments make a lot of assumptions about things being
"finitely given"; Calude's theory makes very different assumptions. If you
take Calude's assumptions and replace them with finite-precision
assumptions, the non-Turing stuff goes away.

Less formally: you need to put noncomputable information into QM to get
noncomputable information out of QM. If you don't explicitly put
noncomputable information into it, you won't get any out.

Received on Mon Dec 30 2002 - 12:57:30 PST

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