Friday, November 19, 2010

What if we had infinite computing power?

Just a little mind exercise, what do you think would happen if we found a trick and managed to create something like quantum computers that took virtually no power to operate and would run any program to completion as soon as it was run?

  • don't forget: with infinite CPU power, comes a massive reduction in clever coding. We can all write games in python / C# / natural language maybe even.
  • this isn't just about games, what about your daily commute, or your breakfast choices?
  • what about the rest of the world? How do you think it will affect the third world?


Funcan said...

While it seems like a cheap answer, the only one I can suggest is 'singularity'. Things would change more fundamentally than we are capable of imagining - problems that are currently computationally intractable like complex stock derivatives, human brain simulation, protein folding simulation - making these computationally feasable really is human++ stuff.

wererogue said...

It'd be pentium processors all over again - with infinite framerate comes infinitely too high mouse sensitivity! :P