AAAI Publications, 2010 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

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Quantum-Inspired Simulative Data Interpretation: A Proposed Research Strategy
Terry Bollinger

Last modified: 2010-11-01


Since the early days of quantum theory, the concept of wave function collapse has been looked upon as mathematically unquantifiable, observer-dependent, non-local, or simply inelegant. Consequently, modern interpretations of quantum theory often try to avoid or make irrelevant the need for wave collapse. This is ironic, since experimental quantum physics requires some variant of wave collapse wherever quantum phenomena interact with the classical universe of the observer. This paper proposes a pragmatic view in which wave function collapses are treated as real phenomena that occur in pairs. Paired collapses occur when two wave packets exchange real (vs. virtual) momentum-carrying force particles such as photons. To minimize reversibility, such pairs must be separated by a relativistically time-like interval. The resulting model resembles a network of future-predictive simulations (wave packets) linked together by occasional exchanges of data (force particles). Each data exchange “updates” the wave packets by eliminating the need for them to “consider” some range of possible futures. The rest of the paper explores the information processing implications of this idea of networked wave packets. It is postulated that similar networks of simulations in classical computers could provide faster, more efficient ways to process sensor data.


sensors; simulation; quantum mechanics; QED

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