Posts Tagged ‘quantum mechanics’
How the Hippies Saved Physics is a book all about underemployed and overstimulated physicists in the 1960′s and 70′s who merged their intresest in altered states of consciousness, Bell’s theorem and visionary physics. In doing so they paved the way for modern quantum mechanics and information science.
In this short lecture video, MIT Professor David Kaiser describes the field of physic’s bumpy transition from New Age to cutting edge.
In recent years, the field of quantum information science has catapulted to the cutting edge of physics. Long before the big budgets and dedicated teams, however, the field smoldered on the scientific sidelines within the hazy, bong-filled excesses of the 1970s New Age movement. Many of the ideas that now occupy the core of quantum information science once found their home amid an anything-goes counterculture frenzy, a mishmash of spoon-bending psychics, Eastern mysticism, LSD trips, CIA spooks chasing mind-reading dreams, and comparable “Age of Aquarius” enthusiasts.
Japan, the world’s second largest economy, is facing a demographic crisis that will shrink the population dramatically. The Japanese aren’t having babies, and the country won’t accept immigrants to help bolster the population. But Japan may have a unique solution — Robots!
For further context, here’s a handy page full of articles exploring the philosophical implications of AI and other Singularity technologies.
For even further context, here’s this:
Sega Toylet: Become a video game whiz – at the urinal
Science Magazine has dedicated it’s Breakthrough of the Year to the very first quantum machine.
You can also download their latest magazine, Edge Science, now on its third issue.
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As of today, the LHC is officially colliding protons.
Now, at long last, CERN is heralding the first collisions inside the machine. Two beams of protons travelling at nearly the speed of light crashed together on Monday at 1322 GMT inside the ATLAS detector, one of the giant measuring devices the LHC will use to probe shrapnel from the collisions, according to CERN’s announcement. Further collisions occurred inside the LHC’s CMS and LHCb detectors.
“This is great news, the start of a fantastic era of physics – and hopefully discoveries – after 20 years’ work by the international community to build a machine and detectors of unprecedented complexity and performance,” said Fabiola Gianotti, a spokesperson for the ATLAS detector project.
The protons collided with 900 billion electron volts of energy (900 GeV), with 450 GeV supplied by each beam. The LHC is designed to allow collisions at much higher energies – all the way up to 14,000 GeV (14 TeV), or 7 TeV per beam.
Since time is a tricky thing and not everything happens simultaneously at all points on the globe, let’s check in with the most up to date internet news on the LHC:
Has the LHC destroyed the Earth yet?
Thanks to advanced aspects of quantum physics, today’s news is instantaneously stale, as we expected these headlines a year ago. Protons are out, let’s smash some muons.
Why EdgeScience? Because, contrary to public perception, scientific knowledge is still full of unknowns. What remains to be discovered—what we don’t know—very likely dwarfs what we do know. And what we think we know may not be entirely correct or fully understood. Anomalies, which researchers tend to sweep under the rug, should be actively pursued as clues to potential breakthroughs and new directions in science.
Download the first issue as a PDF.