Quantum Bayesian Networks

April 23, 2012

2001 A Space Odyssey – The QC Dawn of Man

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 7:28 pm

A tribe of String Theorists is shown in the primeval African desert picking fleas off each other and scavenging for food, competing with pigs for wild seeds and roots. A leopard kills one member of the tribe, and later that day they are driven away from their watering hole by an enemy tribe of apes. The future looks very grim for this tribe of String Theorists. The LHC is very unlikely to shed much light on their theories, and it’s also very unlikely that a successor to the LHC, one capable of probing substantially higher energies, will be built by the world community in the next few decades.

Disgruntled and defeated, they sleep overnight in some crags surrounding a rocky crater. Upon awakening, they find that a black monolith, a Quantum Fog 9000 Quantum Computer, has appeared in the crater. They approach it shrieking and jumping, and eventually touch it cautiously.

Soon after encountering the Quantum Fog 9000 QC, one of the String Theorists sees QC simulations in a new light. He uses one to pound on a pile of bones, the skeletal remains of earlier theories. Shortly thereafter, the previously herbivorous tribe of String Theorists is shown eating meat. Presumably they’ve used their QC simulation to kill a pig.

Armed with QC simulations, the tribe of String Theorists attacks the enemy tribe at the watering hole and they kill its leader. As they beat him to death with their QC simulations, the other members of the enemy tribe are shown cowering back in fear.

Flush with victory, the leader of the tribe of String Theorists flings his QC simulation high up into the sky. In mid-flight, the QC simulation transmutes into a cylindrical spacecraft floating in space, orbiting a planet. It’s now millions of years after the dawn of Man, when String Theorists invented the first, primitive QC String Theory simulation tools. Now those tools have evolved into much more advanced QC simulations of quantum-gravity that are routinely used by advanced spacetime travelers.

More posts about String Theory in this blog:

References: (I may have borrowed some phrases from some of them)



  1. This goes to show that quantum computing has always been a matter of life and death as I assert in my latest blog post to counter this exceedingly silly BBC News article.

    BTW I slowly read my way through your qbnet papers and it is a pleasure to see that you don’t completely edit out your sense of humor when you write physics papers. I always felt that a little bit of sugar makes the medicine go down much better 🙂

    Comment by Henning Dekant — April 24, 2012 @ 4:04 am

  2. I love your picture of the BBC-Titanic. They might reply to you with a picture of the Hindenburg explosion, another historic example of human folly and hubris.

    Comment by rrtucci — April 24, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

  3. […] Oh, just all of solid state physics, chemistry, micro-biology and any attempts at quantum gravity unification. […]

    Pingback by Quantum Computing – A Matter of Life and Death | Wavewatching — April 24, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

  4. Ah, Zeppelins. I love ’em. Another great thing the Nazis ruined. They were supposed to operate with Helium but due to the US embargo the latter was no longer available. A little know fact is that the Zeppelin company defied the regime when it came to naming the air ship. Goebel’s wanted that the Hindenburg was called the “Adolf Hilter”. Oh the delicious irony if we could have seen the “Adolf Hitler” crash and burn.

    Comment by Henning Dekant — April 24, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

  5. Interesting irony. I’ve been watching recently a documentary called WW2 Behind closed doors.


    I learned that in his youth, Stalin studied to be a priest.

    Comment by rrtucci — April 25, 2012 @ 12:23 am

  6. Stalin a priest, Hitler a painter. Pretty absurd isn’t it. Hitler was obsessed with Disney’s animations. Had a private copy of Snowe White. If only Disney had talent scouts in early 20th century Vienna. Could have found a dedicated employee.

    Comment by Henning Dekant — April 25, 2012 @ 3:26 am

  7. Take a look at those pictures of the interior of the Hindenburg:


    Darn, I would have loved to travel in that thing.

    Comment by Henning Dekant — May 5, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

  8. Maybe someday soon you will start a quantum computing company that will be very successful. Maybe your company will advertise using its own blimp, which you will occasionally pilot yourself to make trips to Venezuela to view Paradise Falls from the air (as in the movie Up).

    Comment by rrtucci — May 5, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

  9. Now, there’s a happy taught to focus on when hitting the sack 🙂

    Comment by Henning Dekant — May 6, 2012 @ 3:12 am

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