Things I read last week… (WB 2 August 2021)
Researchers at Google, Stanford, Princeton say that they have used Google’s quantum computer to demonstrate a ‘time crystal’.
“…computational complexity theory leads to new perspectives on the nature of mathematical knowledge, the strong AI debate, computationalism, the problem of logical omniscience, Hume’s problem of induction, Goodman’s grue riddle, the foundations of quantum mechanics, economic rationality, closed timelike curves, and several other topics of philosophical interest.”
Scott Aaronson on ‘Why philosophers should care about computational complexity’. [PDF]
Cambridge Quantum creates an algorithm to speed up Monte Carlo simulations 100x.
The economics of OnlyFans.
Kevin Kelly, the founder of WIRED, on the ’The Case for Optimism’.
The history of Pixar.
Trends for datacenter servers 2022+.
Tour of Starbase with Elon Musk. [YouTube Part 1, Part 2]
Intro to Naval Architecture.
Ofcom’s 2021 survey on ‘News Consumption in the UK’. [PPTX]
The Cold War fashion showdown.