Is there an uncanny valley between reality and computing?

A very deep one, maybe.

I was looking for news about UD and euclideon. I found this pair of videos [source], the first by BetterReality and the second by The Farm 51 .

Now, suppose that we scanned the whole world (or a part of it) and we put the data in the cloud. Do we have a mirror of reality now on the cloud? No! Why not, the data, according to mainstream CS ideology, is the same: coordinates and tags (color, texture, etc) in the cloud, the same in reality.

Think about the IoT, we do have the objects, lots of them, in potentially unlimited detail. But there is still this uncanny valley between reality and computation.

We can’t use the data, because:

  • there is too much data (for our sequential machines? for our dice and slice ideology,  a manifestation of the cartesian disease ? )
  • there is not enough time (because we ask the impossible: to do, on one very limited PC, the work  done by huge parts of reality? or because the data is useful only together with the methodology (based on  absolute, God’s eye view of reality, based on passive space as a receptacle), and the methodology is what stops us?)

I think that we can use the data (after reformatting it) and we can pass the uncanny valley between reality and computing. A way to do this supposes that:

  • we get rid of the absolute, passive space and time, get rid of global views (not because these don’t exist, but because this is a hypothesis we don’t need!)
  • we go beyond Turing Machine and Von Neumann architecture, and we seriously include P2P asynchronous, local, decentralized way of thinking into the model of computation (like CSP, or Actor Model or why not Distributed GLC?)

This is fully compatible with  the response given by Neil Gershenfeld to the question

2014 : WHAT SCIENTIFIC IDEA IS READY FOR RETIREMENT?

(Thank you Stephen P. King for the G+ post which made me aware of that!)

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2 thoughts on “Is there an uncanny valley between reality and computing?”

  1. We can just laugh at the Euclideon circus now afterwards. Unlimited! Groundbreaking! Atoms are the future! Thankfully there are serious people working with real progress that everyone can benefit from.

    1. Hi John, your comment is not relevant for the post. I leave it, after sending it initially to spam, as an example of the kind of message which I don’t welcome here. Euclideon is well, as everybody knows, it’s a valid technology, despite all the many stupid things people said. The only thing about Euclideon which interests me is to see an open version of it. The post is about an uncanny valley phenomenon, which may reveal a deep problem.

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