The Universe Solved


Seth Lloyd

Seth Lloyd

Seth Lloyd (2 August 1960 - ) is a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. His key areas of research are complex systems and quantum information and control theory. In the latter field, he has contributed significantly to quantum algorithms and to the design of quantum computers and quantum communication systems, having proposed the first technologically feasible design for a quantum computer.


In his 2006 book, “Programming the Universe,” Lloyd contends that the universe is actually a giant quantum computer. In his reasoning, all particle interactions are conveying information and, hence, computing. Using arguments from the Second Law of Thermodynamics, he says that, as the universe computes its own behavior, “reality unfolds.”


Lloyd argues that, were Moore’s Law to continue unabated, the whole universe could be simulated in a computer in 600 years time.


External Links:

- MIT Page


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