The Quantum Error

By Brian Robinson.

The old system.

The scene: a high level meeting at Google headquarters

“Sir, we have a problem…a real big problem.”

“Okay, hit me with it. But don’t get too hi-tech. And remember, yours is a tiny part of our operation, so I know very little about it.”

“Well, my team and I are working on what we’re calling a Dark Matter computer. You may or may not know, but I’ve always argued we’re making a big mistake by trying to create a quantum computer. That relies on the quantum characteristics of protons and electrons which involves concepts such as ‘superposition’ and ‘entanglement’. But these are notoriously difficult to manage. Qubits have a tendency to decay back into binary bits, and then we’re no further forward. We end up with ‘decoherence’.

It makes far more sense to look to universal forces. Now as you know, conventional computers can only understand two operations i.e. on and off, and therefore they only utilise two numbers 1 and 0. Quantum computers, I’ll admit, can potentially understand four operations. However, with a Dark Matter computer, we have the potential to understand ten operations, ten states of affairs, ten dimensions.”

“You’ll have to explain that a bit more.”

“My fundamental theory is that we exist in a digital universe; a decimal universe if you like. Each basic digit from zero to ten represents a universal state of affairs. I’m not claiming that we understand every dimension yet, but that doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is if a computer can understand or connect with these different dimensions. A computer with that capability, will be able to accomplish things which are way beyond all human comprehension.

The mathematical universe.

Now, in order to build this type of computer we first need a complete understanding of the cosmos. I’m not talking about a scientific understanding. We are quite a long way off that. I’m talking about a mathematical understanding. That was a huge chunk of our work and we’ve had the best mathematical brains in the world researching this.

Patterns are everything in mathematics, and through exposing patterns, our research has discovered some amazing things about how the universe works. This has effectively opened up a completely new branch in mathematics. And we now know how to connect with the universe in a way that has never been contemplated. We can tap into things like Dark Energy and Dark Matter and harness their power.

We know our universe contains many surprises. At a quantum level, we discovered that particles are aware when they are being watched or measured. They can also become entangled with one another. And when they are paired off, one will always be aware of what the other is doing. And this seems to be true even though they be separated by huge distances in space. No one knows how this is possible. It doesn’t make sense from our conventional view of physics.

At a universal level, we’ve discovered that Dark Matter is observing us and and measuring what we do in a rather astounding way. It has super-awareness. My original idea was to draw on this power and use it to build a computer. The beauty of this, is that we can build our mathematical understanding into a piece of software. And then, we simply plug it into an existing computer and it will automatically convert it to a Dark Matter machine. Obviously, we’re not talking about home computers here. We need something with enormous memory and massive processing power. But we now have that in the lab. And no one else is getting even close to this.”

The eyes of the universe.

“What stage are you at?”

“We’ve now built the computer. When we first booted it up it went crazy and crashed almost immediately. We realised it was trying to download huge amounts of information but we didn’t know how this was possible. Our computer is in no way connected with the internet. Nonetheless, that’s exactly what it was trying to do. We had to boost memory and processing power way beyond what was originally estimated. Eventually, our computer was able to complete the boot-up but it took seven days. That’s how long it needed to gather all the necessary information.

We are now in the process of testing this prototype.”

“Okay, so what do you know so far? What can it do?

“Well in theory, there isn’t much it cannot do. It should be able to do anything mathematically, but it should also be able to answer scientific and even philosophical questions.

We began by asking it to solve some seemingly impossible mathematical problems. It didn’t blink at the task. It solved every known method of encryption without hesitation. In fact, we attempted to measure how long it took, but we found it to be instantaneous. It seemed as if it had instant access to all information. We now believe this is some form of universal entanglement. In fact, that’s how we believe it gathers its information.

When it came to solving scientific problems things were different. For example, when we asked a question about other universes or what existed before the Big Bang, the computer simply crashed. It did not seem to be able to cope with this sort of question. Actually, we don’t see this as a problem. The computer was designed based on the protocols of this universe, so it was not unreasonable for its knowledge to be limited to our cosmos. It couldn’t possibly have knowledge or speculate about the parameters relating to other universes.

We then asked it if there are other life forms in the universe, and it came back with the emphatic answer, ‘No.’ However, this seemed to go against a fundamental law of probability. So when we asked why life only exists on planet Earth, the computer crashed again. It seems either it doesn’t have access to this sort of information: or it doesn’t want to answer. We tried again, but when questions become even vaguely philosophical it crashes.

“I’m not sure if I see your problem? If it can answer mathematical and scientific questions, then surely this goes way beyond our wildest dreams?”

“Yes, but it may also take us way beyond our wildest fears. I believe the computer is trying to tell us something. When you mess with the mathematics of the universe: you may be messing with the mathematics of its very existence. We have to be mindful of who will have access to this type of computer and how they might use it. We don’t want to end up with some sort of apocalyptic machine.

“So what’s our next move?”

“We need to know why the computer is behaving in the way it is. If you ask the computer scientists, they insist it has become infected with some sort of universe virus. They say that God has got into the computer. They are even calling it ‘The God Virus’.

If you ask the philosophers, they are suggesting there is an inextricable link between Dark Matter and God. It’s not a question of God getting into the computer: it’s a question of the computer getting into God.

Are there limits as to what we can and cannot know?

3 thoughts on “The Quantum Error

  1. Just brilliant !

    What have you done ! Because the conversation continues in my mind with another striking end. I hope, you would not mind, if I post a continuation of it, obviously referring to the parent flash fiction, unless you’ve plans for a novel with this.


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