Exploring the Frontiers of Computation: Measurement Based Quantum Computers and the Mechanistic View of Computation

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Abstract

In this paper I investigate measurement based quantum computers (MBQCs) using the mechanistic view of computation. I begin by demonstrating that Turing’s work cannot serve as an analysis of computation. I proceed to describe the mechanistic view of computation and then apply it to MBQCs. That computers as peculiar as MBQCs can be handled by the mechanistic view provides good confirmation for it. Additionally, I will show how the mechanistic view helps us understand how MBQCs work, and how this understanding might be applied to expand the frontiers of computation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBoston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages219-232
Number of pages14
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameBoston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Volume324
ISSN (Print)0068-0346
ISSN (Electronic)2214-7942

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