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WIRED: I hear you're a quantum computer repair guy.
LLOYD: Yes, I am a quantum mechanic! Those darn quantum computers break all the time.
You've jumped from working on quantum computers to saying, oh, by the way, the universe is a gigantic quantum computer.
When you zap things with light to build quantum computers, you're hacking existing systems. You're hijacking the computation that's already happening in the universe, just like a hacker takes over someone else's computer.
What is the universe computing when we are not hijacking it for our own purposes?
It computes itself. It computes the flow of orange juice as you drink it, or the position of each atom in your cells.
Um, how many times have you seen The Matrix?
Sadly, only once. In The Matrix, what you see is fake - a simulation of bits - which is only a facade of what is real beneath it. But our universe is a simulation so exact that it is indistinguishable from the real thing. Our universe is one big honking quantum mechanical computer.
Abstract: In this paper, we will discuss how elements from the periodic table can be described as bits of information. We will attempt to show that the universe is a classical computer that’s the output of a quantum computer. The Periodic Table of Bits will also attempt to show why the universe appears logical to the observer. The theory will also attempt to explain dark matter/energy as neutrons/neutrinos or 0’s (neutrons) that do not have 1’s (protons). The universe is calculated on a quantum level and then expressed on a classical level.
Conclusion: The Periodic table of bits shows that everything is made up of immaterial binary digits that manifest through matter/energy. This also means that we may be able to convert dark energy neutrons/neutrinos into visible matter. We have to be careful here because you don't want to convert so much of this dark energy that you start a contraction of the universe. In other words, we may need a certain amount of dark matter/energy in order for the universe to expand. The Periodic Table of Bits shows the universe can be fully described using an 8 bit system. The highest element in the periodic table is 118 (Ununoctium). This means all of the elements can be described within 255 Bytes which is the limit within an 8 bit system.
Biocentrism is a scientific theory that posits that life creates the universe rather than the other way around. In this view, current theories of the physical world do not work, and can never be made to work, until they fully account for life and consciousness.
This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage; (2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof); (3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation. A number of other consequences of this result are also discussed.
So if you want to assign a bit of information the value of 31 it's just