Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Birds are amazing
In a post a while ago I mentioned that biologists were starting to think that birds engaged in quantum computing. To do this requires being able to stabilize entangled quantum states for a reasonable amount of time, something that we (actually, they) cannot do very well in a lab. However, it seems that birds really can do this in natural conditions for longer than our best lab rats can manage it (see here). Those tiny dinosaurs seem to have many interesting tricks up their beaks. Once one can stabilize entanglements how long before we discover that biological systems compute quantumly quite regularly? Not long, I surmise (again). Does anyone have any idea what this might mean for language or cognition? If so, I invite you to submit a post that I would be delighted to run.