Re: Infinite computing: A paper

From: Jean-Michel Veuillen <>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 16:22:47 +0100

At 03:21 PM 2/10/2003 -0500, Stephen Paul King wrote:
>Dear Jean-Michel and Hal,
> All good humor aside, Hal makes a good point! The conditions that would
>exist as one approaches the event horizon seem to be such that any signal
>would be randomized such that the end result would be that Nature prevents
>infinite information (or conclusions requiring infinite computational power)
>from reaching any finite part of itself.
> Interestingly this seems to be the same situation as what forms an event
>horizon (around a space-time singularity) in the first place. Could it be
>that this is an active example of the so-called anthropic principle? It also
>reminds me of a solution to the Quantum Suicide problem!
>Kindest regards,

Thank you to all of you for your ideas.
Let us say that my suggestion was merely provocative.

It seems to be that hypercomputers are logically possible, but
that it is still speculative whether they are physically possible
or not.

This is Toby Ord's view in
I find his survey very good.

In particular, it contains a reference to "Does General relativity
Allow an Observer to View an Eternity in a Finite Time ?" by Mark L. Hogarth,
and to "Non-Turing computations via Malament-Hogarth space-times",
by Etesi and Németi,,
which will be of interest to many, and especially to Jesse Mazer, as it
his question.

All the best.


>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Hal Finney" <>
>To: <>; <>
>Sent: Monday, February 10, 2003 12:19 PM
> > 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
> > > you by radio,
> > > and jump into the black hole:
> > > when you reach the horizon, you get the result of the infinite
> > > (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.
> >
> >
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