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Computers are famous for being able to do complicated
things starting from simple programs.
- Seth Lloyd

Related topics: Computers

Similarly, another famous little quantum fluctuation
that programs you is the exact configuration of your DNA.
- Seth Lloyd

Merely by existing and evolving in time -
by existing -
any physical system registers information,
and by evolving in time it transforms or processes that information.
- Seth Lloyd

If you wanted to build the most powerful computer you could,
you can't do better than including everything in the
universe that's potentially available.
- Seth Lloyd

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Nothing in life is certain except death,
taxes and the second law of thermodynamics.
- Seth Lloyd

In this metaphor we actually have a picture of the computational universe,
a metaphor which I hope to make scientifically precise
as part of a research program.
- Seth Lloyd

If you take a more Darwinian point of view the dynamics
of the universe are such that as the universe evolved in time,
complex systems arose out of the natural dynamics of the universe.
- Seth Lloyd


 

One of the things that I've been doing recently in
my scientific research is to ask this question:
Is the universe actually capable of performing things
like digital computations?
- Seth Lloyd

Thinking of the universe as a computer is controversial.
- Seth Lloyd

The amount of information that can be stored by the ultimate laptop,
10 to the 31st bits, is much higher than the 10 to
the 10th bits stored on current laptops.
- Seth Lloyd

We have a picture for how complexity arises,
because if the universe is computationally capable,
maybe we shouldn't be so surprised that things are
so entirely out of control.
- Seth Lloyd

There are considerable advantages to using many degrees
of freedom to store information,
stability and controllability being perhaps the most important.
- Seth Lloyd

Indeed, as the above calculation indicates,
to take full advantage of the memory space available,
the ultimate laptop must turn all its matter into energy.
- Seth Lloyd

Another feature that everybody notices about the universe is that it's complex.
- Seth Lloyd

Something else has happened with computers.
- Seth Lloyd

At some point, Moore's law will break down.
- Seth Lloyd

I have not proved that the universe is,
in fact, a digital computer and that it's capable of
performing universal computation,
but it's plausible that it is.
- Seth Lloyd

All physical systems can be thought of as registering
and processing information,
and how one wishes to define computation will determine
your view of what computation consists of.
- Seth Lloyd

In order to figure out how to make atoms compute,
you have to learn how to speak their language and to
understand how they process information under normal circumstances.
- Seth Lloyd

Science consists exactly of those forms of knowledge
that can be verified and duplicated by anybody.
- Seth Lloyd

It's also a reasonable scientific program to look at
the dynamics of the standard model and to try to prove
from that dynamics that it is computationally capable.
- Seth Lloyd

Instead of having to be a member of the Royal Society to do science,
the way you had to be in England in the 17th,
18th, centuries today pretty much anybody who wants to do it can,
and the information that they need to do it is there.
- Seth Lloyd

Of course, not everybody's willing to go out and do the experiments,
but for the people who are willing to go out and do that,
- if the experiments don't work, then it means it's not science.
- Seth Lloyd

What's happened with society is that we have created these devices,
computers, which already can register and process huge amounts of information,
which is a significant fraction of the amount of information
that human beings themselves,
as a species, can process.
- Seth Lloyd

Of course, one way of thinking about all of life and
civilization is as being about how the world registers
and processes information.
Certainly that's what sex is about; that's what history is about.
- Seth Lloyd

According to the standard model billions of years ago
some little quantum fluctuation,
perhaps a slightly lower density of matter,
maybe right where we're sitting right now,
caused our galaxy to start collapsing around here.
- Seth Lloyd

Every physical system registers information,
and just by evolving in time, by doing its thing,
it changes that information, transforms that information,
or, if you like, processes that information.
- Seth Lloyd

I would suggest, merely as a metaphor here,
but also as the basis for a scientific program to investigate
the computational capacity of the universe,
that this is also a reasonable explanation for why the universe is complex.
- Seth Lloyd

I do two things.
I design mobile computers and I study brains.
- Jeff Hawkins

I got interested in computers and how they could be
enslaved to the megalomaniac impulses of a teenager.
- Eugene Jarvis

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things,
but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.
- Andy Rooney

Even in the developing parts of the world,
kids take to computers like fish to water.
- Nicholas Negroponte

Gee, I am a complete Luddite when it comes to computers,
I can barely log on!
- Jonathan Shapiro

What do we want our kids to do? Sweep up around Japanese computers?
- Walter F. Mondale

Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams,
but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit,
compassion, love, and understanding.
- Louis Gerstner

Because I believe that humans are computers,
I conjectured that computers, like people,
can have left- and right-handed versions.
- Philip Emeagwali

Right now, computers, which are supposed to be our servant,
are oppressing us.
- Jef Raskin

Nanotechnology will let us build computers that are incredibly powerful.
We'll have more power in the volume of a sugar cube
than exists in the entire world today.
- Ralph Merkle

Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Computing is not about computers any more.
It is about living.
- Nicholas Negroponte

Computers may save time but they sure waste a lot of paper.
About 98 percent of everything printed out by a computer
is garbage that no one ever reads.
- Andy Rooney

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions,
including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.
- Doug Larson

Modern people are only willing to believe in their computers,
while I believe in myself.
- Alain Robert

Computers are useless.
They can only give you answers.
- Pablo Picasso

Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way.
This happens to us all the time with computers,
and nobody thinks of complaining.
- Jef Raskin

I do not fear computers.
I fear the lack of them.
- Isaac Asimov

We demand privacy, yet we glorify those that break into computers.
- Bill McCollum

Many of our own people here in this country do not ask about computers,
telephones and television sets.
They ask - when will we get a road to our village.
- Thabo Mbeki

The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do.
The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do.
- Ted Nelson

Computers in classrooms are the filmstrips of the 1990s.
- Clifford Stoll

Man, I don't want to have nothing to do with computers.
I don't want the government in my business.
- Erykah Badu

The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men,
but that men will begin to think like computers.
- Sydney J. Harris

Even when I work with computers, with high technology,
I always try to put in the touch of the hand.
- Issey Miyake

Think? Why think!
We have computers to do that for us.
- Jean Rostand

Access to computers and the Internet has become a basic
need for education in our society.
- Kent Conrad

We can do things that we never could before.
Stop-motion lets you build tiny little worlds,
and computers make that world even more believable.
- Nick Park

If you could utilize the resources of the end users' computers,
you could do things much more efficiently.
- Niklas Zennstrom

People think computers will keep them from making mistakes.
They're wrong.
With computers you make mistakes faster.
- Adam Osborne

Supercomputers will achieve one human brain capacity by 2010,
and personal computers will do so by about 2020.
- Ray Kurzweil

I happen to think that computers are the most important
thing to happen to musicians since the invention of
cat-gut which was a long time ago.
- Robert Moog

Computers have virtually replaced tape recorders.
- Tony Visconti

The future lies in designing and selling computers
that people don't realize are computers at all.
- Adam Osborne

I just became one with my browser software.
- Bill Griffith

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Inc,
which set the computing world on its ear with the Macintosh in 1984.
- Kevin Mitnick

If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan.
- Alan Perlis

Treat your password like your toothbrush.
Don't let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.
- Clifford Stoll

I think it's fair to say that personal computers have
become the most empowering tool we've ever created.
They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity,
and they can be shaped by their user.
- Bill Gates

It's hardware that makes a machine fast.
It's software that makes a fast machine slow.
- Craig Bruce

The Internet is a powerful way to make lots of money...
But we are not going to buy Yahoo!
- Sumner Redstone

The new information technology...
Internet and e-mail...
have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications.
- Peter Drucker

The computer is a moron.
- Peter Drucker


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