Bruno Marchal wrote:
> On 21 Sep 2009, at 23:48, m.a. wrote:
>> *And when pressed as to exactly how the Heisenberg compensators 
>> worked, the spokesman replied, "Very well, thank you."*
> :)
> That's the problem. Star strek teleportation has been invented well 
> before Bennett & Al. discovered quantum teleportation, and a priori, 
> from the vague description of how teleportation works in Star Strek, 
> we can say nothing, except that it looks like classical teleportation. 
> Actually the Heisenberg compensators, if they compensate really the 
> Heisenberg uncertainties, would make such machine impossible: you just 
> cannot compensate the Heisenberg uncertainties, unless those 
> compensators send the classical bits needed to effectuate a quantum 
> teleportation, and this would explain, retrospectively, why in star 
> strek those devices always (?) annihilate the "original"... and why 
> Star Strek did not exploit the self-duplication and 
> self-indeterminacy, unlike the movie "the prestige" for example.
> This is not relevant for comp, note, because the "global" comp 
> indeterminacy bears on the states generated by the UD, and if quantum 
> cloning is impossible, the multiple preparation of similar states is 
> quantum possible and effectively done by the Universal Dovetailer. You 
> current quantum state is provably generated by the UD, an infinite 
> number of times, at all level of substitution.

That raises a question which has bothered me.  Since the UD and it's 
operations and states exist in the sense of abstract mathematics, then 
the same state/calculation can only occur once - there are no different 
instances of the number 2.


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