Quantum Computing and the Ghost of Bertrand Russell

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[ I can imagine you seeing the word “Ghost” in the Subject line and automatically dismissing my entire email before you even read it. haha! ]

So, I had a someone ask me today, “Do you think… blah blah blah… is possible?”

My response: If you ask a question in the format of, “Do you think X is possible?” the answer is always YES! (given how much time you have and your level of creativity…)

At least once a day, I retreat to my sauna and alter my conscious state slightly such that I go into a state of what Huxley called Deep Reflection and what Einstein called Thought Experiments, a state where I can REALLY explore certain ideas and philosophies for an hour or two undisturbed by the outside world.

So, today’s rabbit hole was the concept of infinity.

Infinity is not a number, its representation not quantitative, but rather qualitative in that the word “infinity” is synonymous with the set of “unknown unknowns” with respect to the solution of a given problem / forecast / conceptual-understanding within a particular context.

The solution set at the point of problem formation is infinite.

Then we begin to critically think and understand what “things” cannot and must not be true for the “problem” to even exist in the first place.
1) The solution set is reduced but remains infinite
[over simplified example]          (infinity) – 2 = X
2) What we are left with are merely clues showing what the answer(s) ought not to be.
[over simplified example]          we then know that X still has a solution set of infinity, but negative two is not a part of that set.

In order for INFINITY to be removed from the solution set, we must know definitively ALL possible inputs for a given problem…
1) In a vacuum, all problem inputs can be known
2) In the universe, environmental (and other categories) of inputs are infinite, which means all problems are systems and any point in time, all inputs to any system, no matter their simplicity cannot be definitively known — the are infinite.
(Or we could use a model I call “Infinity Bubbles”, but this is another topic I’m in the process of writing about based on the work of Bertrand Russel… I might share with you when I’ve completed the model)

WHO CARES?
[ I have no idea, but some subset of the population does ]

This is where quantum computing — among other things — comes into play.

What is the function (purpose / point) of even having quantum computing?
[ Big question and lots of talking and a bottle of wine / champaign required for a complete Sherrie answer here… ]

[ BREADCRUMB VERSION OF MY ANSWER ]

Quantum computing will be able to (is able to in some extent) analyze, identify, and compute close to all relevant inputs to a given system / problem.

If you represent a natural system ( a system existing in the real world) mathematically, you represent that which is unknown with algebraic variables — X, Y, Z… these are your unknowns.

Quantum computing will, by its very nature, complement any field of business that relies heavily on security (cryptography), big data, analytics, multi-system forecasting, etc. Quantum computing is the modern Oracle of Delphi — a forecasting machine to understand the causes of change, potential actions to take, and potential outputs / behaviors, such that people can change the system quickly (mitigation response) in an attempt to sway the future.

[ BREADCRUMB VERSION OF FUNCTIONS ]

1) Predict the future based on current data — What direction are we currently headed?
– Then we can implement some kind of change to mitigate the current “likely future state” of a given system
***We change the future

2) Simulate a desired future state — Where do we want to be and how do we get there?
– Define relevant variables (actions) required to bring current state to desired future state
***We change the future

YEAH OKAY — THIS IS ALREADY BEING DONE, IT’S CALLED RISK MANAGEMENT AND STRATEGY FORMULATION / EXECUTION

Yes, but what we do not possess today is the data input capacity to make useful decisions with all of the data that systems like IoT and IoE (big-data)  gather, at the speeds in which make the data useful. Due to time and processing capacity constraints, we must generalize data inputs to a great extent. Being able to make use of both macro and micro data quickly is what makes quantum computing useful — taking into consideration more planes of possibility and getting a nearly immediate answer / solution set. Today, we don’t have enough speed or precision to make use of ALL the data that big-data possesses, so it’s stored… for later use, I imagine. Speed and precision is what we need to get timely and useful information / patterns in which people can act on during the small window in which a future state can be changed.

But, if you think about it, because the number of input variables is infinite, there can never be a 100% definitive prediction, even the Oracle of Delphi must still generalize some information, just to a much lesser degree. This means that even in the age of quantum computing, freewill is still possible and outliers may still go undetected… as long as there is consciousness and creativity and critical thinking…

*sigh* Sometimes I feel like if we put as much effort into understanding the limitless capabilities of the human mind, quantum computing would be obsolete before its inception…