Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 10:02 UTC
"But a powerful new type of computer that is about to be commercially deployed by a major American military contractor is taking computing into the strange, subatomic realm of quantum mechanics. In that infinitesimal neighborhood, common sense logic no longer seems to apply. A one can be a one, or it can be a one and a zero and everything in between - all at the same time. [...] Now, Lockheed Martin - which bought an early version of such a computer from the Canadian company D-Wave Systems two years ago - is confident enough in the technology to upgrade it to commercial scale, becoming the first company to use quantum computing as part of its business." I always get a bit skeptical whenever I hear the words 'quantum computing', but according to NewScientist, this is pretty legit.
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by roblearns on Sun 24th Mar 2013 08:34 UTC

Member since:
2010-09-13

Scenario:

Two 10 year old boys are playing 'name the largest number'

In the game of name the largest number, the child that names the largest number wins.

The largest 'set' has absolutely no relevance in this game and never has.

Child 1: says 100
Child 2: says 1,000
Child 3: says 1 million
Child 1: says 1 billion
Child 2: says infinity
Child 3: says infinity+1

In this game, child 1 has won. They said 1 billion, the largest number stated in the game.

infinity is accepted as an answer in the real world, but is not in actuality a number, but a concept.

As stated earlier infinity+1 has no importance, because the game was never about having the largest set. However, infinity+1 is not, necessarily a larger set.

An example of a set:

The unique numbers in (1,2,3,4,5)

Now lets add the "number" 1 to this set:

The unique numbers in: (1,2,3,4,5,1)

The set size has not changed.

Lets do a more creative set:

I define this set as: all numbers in the world, real or imagined, that can exist, or cannot exist. I specifically define as already being included in this set, any numbers you attempt to add to it later, and it contains all the numbers in any set you compare to it.

That's my definition, and just add salt to the wound, in this intellectual exercise, this set is labeled "infinity" doesn't matter if you like it or not.

Now what??? Bring it on bitch.

Look, I don't get to decide the parameters - the children's game of name the highest number - infinity is accepted as an answer - it's accepted as being 'whatever the highest number is in theory' -
So infinity +1 has no additional meaning.

The last paragraph is controversial, you may argue against it. Please do.

One thing we can all agree on, the very fact that I wrote this nonsense at 3:34am in the morning, is a sign of mental - well lets be polite, of being mental.

So, yeah, I lose. Later guys!