Links: Machine for all possible Futures; 500-year-old Library Catalogue; Bubble Mathematics

12. April 2019 17:05 | #Bücher #Wissenschaft

‘Extraordinary’ 500-year-old library catalogue reveals books lost to time

It sounds like something from Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind and his The Cemetery of Forgotten Books: a huge volume containing thousands of summaries of books from 500 years ago, many of which no longer exist. But the real deal has been found in Copenhagen, where it has lain untouched for more than 350 years.

The Libro de los Epítomes manuscript, which is more than a foot thick, contains more than 2,000 pages and summaries from the library of Hernando Colón, the illegitimate son of Christopher Columbus who made it his life’s work to create the biggest library the world had ever known in the early part of the 16th century. Running to around 15,000 volumes, the library was put together during Colón’s extensive travels. Today, only around a quarter of the books in the collection survive and have been housed in Seville Cathedral since 1552.

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This sounds like a first step time machine: Scientists build a machine to generate quantum superposition of possible futures: In the 2018 movie Avengers: Infinity War, a scene featured Dr. Strange looking into 14 million possible futures to search for a single timeline in which the heroes would be victorious. Perhaps he would have had an easier time with help from a quantum computer. A team of researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Griffith University in Australia have constructed a prototype quantum device that can generate all possible futures in a simultaneous quantum superposition.

I wonder if filter bubbles follow the same “minimal cost”-principle as physical bubbles: „A soap bubble is the physical world’s solution for a mathematical challenge: to minimize a surface area — in this case, one that surrounds a prescribed volume of air. Nature is always seeking to optimize, to maximize gain at minimal cost in energy cost. So ‘minimal surfaces’ problems are all around, even in higher dimensions, and all kinds of researchers are working to describe the governing rules.“

Alt-C is an installation that uses electricity produced by plants to power a single board computer mining a cryptocurrency. The project questions our relationship to ecosystems in regards to networked technologies and abstraction problematics.“ Technological driven Art like this feels painfully anachronistically to me now. I remember plant-powered robots with a digestive system 10 years ago and this has nothing to add except some cryptocurrency-crap.

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