QuSoft Seminar: Gilles Brassard (Université de Montréal)

Everyone of welcome to attend the QuSoft seminar with Gilles Brassard (Université de Montréal), with the title 'Probability and consequences of living inside a computer simulation' . Please contact Subhasree Patro or Jop Briet for the link.
  • What English Algorithms & Complexity
  • When 05-03-2021 from 16:00 to 17:00 (Europe/Amsterdam / UTC100)
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Everyone of welcome to attend the QuSoft seminar with Gilles Brassard (Université de Montréal), with the title 'Probability and consequences of living inside a computer simulation'.

Abstract:

It is shown that under reasonable assumptions a Drake-style equation can be obtained for the probability that our universe is the result of a deliberate simulation. Evaluating loose bounds for certain terms in the equation shows that the probability is unlikely to be as high as previously reported in the literature, especially in a scenario where the simulations are recursive. Furthermore, we investigate the possibility of eavesdropping from the outside of such a simulation and introduce a general attack that can circumvent attempts at using quantum cryptography inside the simulation, even if the quantum properties of the simulation are genuine.
Joint work with Alexandre Bibeau-Delisle.
To appear (possibly on 3rd March 2021!) in the Proceedings of the Royal Society.

Please contact Subhasree Patro or Jop Briet for the link.