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Science Wish List by Rodney Bartlett
IT'S MAC-TRON TIME
(contribution # 2 - written March 29, 1994)
Perhaps one of the most beneficial discoveries civilisation
could make is to realise that events cannot be solely
attributed to chance and coincidence, for we might live in a
universe that is ordered - a 'cosmic computer'.
This cosmic computer would interconnect everyone and
everything to form a unity. since it includes infinite
'subuniverses' such as what I call hyperspace (forming the
so called metauniverse and possibly partly accounting for
dark matter), the cosmic computer's connections would make
it infinitely powerful and give it infinite artificial
In my previous letter to Science Wish List, I stated 'Many
scientists think the universe is the ultimate computer . .
.' Today I'd like to further explore that idea - the 1st
exploration was inspired by the article 'How Mac Changed the
World' (TIME magazine - Jan. 31, '94) and the book 'The
Death and Life of Superman' by Roger Stern - the 2nd by
'Your Remote Control May Have "Hidden" Buttons' tan article
my brother Darryl had published in ELECTRONICS AUSTRALIA in
April of 1993) and the movie 'My Stepmother is an Alien' (a
about sending a radio wave to a planet in another galaxy to
save it from an increase in its gravity).
To paraphrase a sentence in the article 'How Mac Changed the
World', it seems possible that any good historian (of a
century from now) will trace the universe's ancestry to this
statement by Palo Alto Research Center's (P.A.R.C. is about
20 miles south of San Francisco, USA) Alan Kay - 'The next
stage of the machines (computers) is for them to disappear
If science is correct when it speculates that the universe
may be the ultimate computer, highly intelligent parts of
the Cosmic Computer, viz peoples could learn to manipulate
actual reality's material objects and immaterial information
with the same magic we use to manipulate the world in
When we can do this, computers will disappear (as objects
within the universe). Then we'll go beyond what's on-screen
and step directly into cyberspace. That's how we can change
the world and use shape-shifting powers and, in the words of
former Apple chairman Steven Jobs, 'put a dent in the
universe' (why stop at making dents - the power to wisely
transform reality would make us messengers of God and we
could go back in time to create the universe).
At first I naturally assumed a radio transmission like the
one in 'My Stepmother is an Alien' is obviously impossible
in reality - but then I realised I might be wrong. And this
1) In computers, a pulse of electrical energy may correspond
to what is called a BIT tBInary digiT).
2) If, as some scientists speculate, the universe is a giant
computer; an infinitesimal pulse of electromagnetic energy
would make up what could be called a 'bit of space' (and a
'bit of subspace', too).
3) When a remote control is used on the electronic
components of a television, the remote's infrared beam could
be said to reprogram the set's brightness, volume, channel
4) so a radio wave with the correct properties might when
transmitted to a planet in this 'electronic' universe,
reprogram its surrounding bits of space and subspace.
5) Since Einstein concluded that gravity is a result of the
curving of space-time, reprogramming bits of space and
subspace should result in the altering of gravity.
[end of 'MacTron Time']