Re: Infinite computing: A paper

From: Hal Finney <>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 09:19:51 -0800

Jean-Michel Veuillen writes:
> There are other possibilities to obtain hypercomputers or Infinite Time
> Turing Machines:
> For instance, from general relativity: put a computer in orbit around a
> black hole,
> start an infinite computation on it, arrange that the results are sent to
> you by radio,
> and jump into the black hole:
> when you reach the horizon, you get the result of the infinite computation
> (and witness the end of the rest of the universe).
> For a survey:

...and burn to death as infinite amounts of radiation fall on you in a
finite time?

Maybe the universe is like a character from a spy novel: it could tell
us what it knows (solving the halting problem, etc.), but then it has
to kill us.

Hal F.
Received on Mon Feb 10 2003 - 12:23:05 PST

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