I have no doubt that we’ll make very exact computer simulations for every natural processes. But why do you think that these simulations will run faster than the real thing? The more detailed they are, the slower they will be. You can think of real life as a type of analog computation (as Ed Fredkin and others do). There is nothing that says digital computation must be faster than analog computation, and many hints to believe it will be slower. The only reason simulations are faster now is because they are extreme oversimplifications. But because they are extreme oversimplifications they are unrealiable. I’ve seen no evidence that a computer model of a molecule works faster than a molecule. That’s another fantasy of thinkism.

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The Technium: Thinkism

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