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December 13, 2019

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The FQXi August 1, 2019 Podcast features:
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Future of Computation -- Fred Adams
Astrophysicist Fred Adams calculates the limits of computation, arguing we could run out of resources in just 32 years. And he discusses how alien civilizations could mine stars to create solar-system-sized "black cloud computers" detectable from Earth. From the 6th FQXi meeting in Tuscany.
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What are the physical limits constraining the exponential growth of computation? And how might we overcome them?

In a talk that captures the spirit of the Foundational Questions Institute beautifully, astrophysicist Fred Adams began with a series of fairly grounded calculations looking at when we might run out of computational resources on the planet (spoiler alert: it’s a lot sooner than you might imagine) and ended with some fun speculation, by proposing that an advanced alien...

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