Ventrella – Artificial Life site,

plus fractal art and a few philosphical goodies.

BCS (British Computer Society) Cybernetics specialist group

Series of interesting subject areas around Cognition and Quantum Physics

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from State of the Art Report from Peter J. Marcer, chairman, dated 18/06/01

**This ability of qubits [Quantum Bits] to ‘register’ both 1 and 0 at the same time**, would therefore (as has been shown theoretically) speed up a variety of computations thought impractical classically, including, Shor[2] showed, the factoring of very large numbers important in decryption. It may also even extend the very notion of what is computable (eg to topological (non-commutable) computation, since quantum theory concerns the physics of knots). The fact, that quantum computation, a physical theory, replaces the mathematical/Turing theory as the correct one, is one even now, which **few scientists and computer practitioners have taken on board**. The principle subject of the Group’s annual programmes therefore concerns **this fundamental paradigm change **in science and computing.

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Very encouraging, to have the ability to model the real world, rather than just some rationalised “approximation” to it too.

BCS Cybernetics group also has links to

The (British) Cybernetics Society at Kings College.

Which is affiliated to The World Organisation for Systems & Cybernetics

Which has Kybernetes as its official journal.

This looks worth tracking

Brian Rudall (Bangor Uni of Wales) – Editor in Chief

(NB Gerry Wolf at Bangor – see links page)

Alex Andrew (Reading) – Internet Editor

Brian Josephson, Nobel Laureate (Cambridge) – Honorary Fellow

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