Recent computing power advances promise a breakthrough in information analysis systems like AuthorWeb. Sergiy Vakarin, Irina Sevbo-Biletska and Vitaliy Nebylitsa presented Winton’s AuthorWeb at the Silicon Valley Open Doors forum where the project became one of the winners.
AuthorWeb is a system for co-authoring that can be used for new discoveries. Sevbo-Biletska and Vakarin used AuthorWeb to perform text search and analysis for the book On the Verge of Another Being, that became the basis of a comprehensive research into the future of science and technology.
Irina Sevbo-Biletska spoke at the Space and Future Forum (Ukraine), as well as Continuing Studies of the Simon Fraser University (Canada) about the future of physics and information theory. She researches links between physics, information and consciousness. The video of Sevbo-Biletska’s presentation at the Forum is available here.
UkraineIS supported Future of Hi-techs and Education project at the CosmoHack. Efforts of many people from different countries are needed to complete such a project.
To implement AuthorWeb, significant computing power is required, and quantum computing is one possible pathway. Some of the CERN experiments should pave the way to quantum computing. Currently D-Wave’s approach to quantum computing is undergoing testing at CERN, and its authors are promising breakthrough optimization and sampling capabilities of the quantum processor. On average, more than 2 petabytes of data are accessed each day in CERN at its 11,000 servers.
This week a CERN delegation visited Ukraine. Cooperation between Ukraine and Switzerland is extensive. Last year Ukraine became an associated member of CERN, which already allowed several Ukrainian enterprises to win CERN bids.The former CERN Director Rolf-Dieter Heuer, the one who announced the discovery of the Higgs boson, opened the CERN in Images exhibition in Ukraine. Unfortunately, it has not received sufficient media attention yet. UkraineIS has obtained the high-resolution copies of the CERN exhibition images, fragments of which are published here.
New concepts and new semantic representations are needed to present and interpret the D-Wave’s approach and other quantum processes that are occurring in the”parallel worlds”, as the authors describe them, to solve problems in this one. Human languages provide only limited means to describe and discuss them. In fact, as such phenomena are not widely understood, concepts of the existing languages are insufficient to deal with them. On the other hand, humans always lived in a multi-dimensional world with complex probabilities, though simplified models and theories were necessarily used to describe subsets of this world. Quantum computing and AuthorWeb may provide an unprecedented chance to develop completely new concepts and models. In particular, this will be a basis for much more powerful analysis and forecasting systems. But we are basically talking about creating a new language.
This is very important as historically humans conceptualized phenomena mainly after they occurred. But here we are talking about nuclear research and the language to describe it should be developed in parallel or, even better, before we face new unknown phenomena in these extremely unchartered waters. And these concepts should definitely include responsibility, intellectual honesty and limitations of our judgment abilities. To bring up new Einsteins capable of such profound interdisciplinary research, scientific education and popular science must be a priority. Wide public should perceive science with fascination and trust.
Switzerland is one of the best showcases of popular science. CERN exhibitions are a good example. One “mandatory” place to visit in Switzerland is Einstein’s house in Bern and the famous clock nearby that was the inspiration for his relativity theory. Maybe Einstein would ultimately come up with the Theory of Everything but unfortunately two world wars were not helpful. Another good example is the Watch Museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Neuchatel). The link between horology and physics is illustrated by a segment of the time projection chamber (TPC) from the ALEPH particle detector – it was used in the CERN’s Large Electron Positron Collider dismantled in 2000. But science should also be visible in open spaces, like the current Museum of Science History’s My Images of Science exhibition in Geneva’s Park of the Pearl of the Lake.
Modern knowledge is highly fragmented but the Theory of Everything may still emerge. In a recent interview, information theorist and space researcher Sergiy Vakarin guesses that the concept of Infospace may become the basis for the new Theory of Everything. One important feature of the Soviet education was its classic university system. For example, getting an MSc in Cybernetics required, in addition to computer science, to complete advanced courses in mathematics, physics and philosophy. Such background is invaluable to conduct interdisciplinary research.