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Beyond Turing Machines
"... In this paper we describe and analyze models of problem solving and computation going beyond Turing Machines. Three principles of extending the Turing Machine's expressiveness are identified, namely, by interaction, evolution and infinity. Several models utilizing the above principles are present ..."
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In this paper we describe and analyze models of problem solving and computation going beyond Turing Machines. Three principles of extending the Turing Machine's expressiveness are identified, namely, by interaction, evolution and infinity. Several models utilizing the above principles are presented. Other
The many forms of hypercomputation
 Applied Mathematics and Computation
, 2006
"... This paper surveys a wide range of proposed hypermachines, examining the resources that they require and the capabilities that they possess. ..."
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This paper surveys a wide range of proposed hypermachines, examining the resources that they require and the capabilities that they possess.
Even Turing Machines Can Compute Uncomputable Functions
 Unconventional Models of Computation
, 1998
"... Accelerated Turing machines are Turing machines that perform tasks commonly regarded as impossible, such as computing the halting function. The existence of these notional machines has obvious implications concerning the theoretical limits of computability. 2 1. Introduction Neither Turing nor Post ..."
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Accelerated Turing machines are Turing machines that perform tasks commonly regarded as impossible, such as computing the halting function. The existence of these notional machines has obvious implications concerning the theoretical limits of computability. 2 1. Introduction Neither Turing nor Post, in their descriptions of the devices we now call Turing machines, made much mention of time (Turing 1936, Post 1936). 1 They listed the primitive operations that their devices perform  read a square of the tape, write a single symbol on a square of the tape (first deleting any symbol already present), move one square to the right, and so forth  but they made no mention of the duration of each primitive operation. The crucial concept is that of whether or not the machine halts after a finite number of operations. Temporal considerations are not relevant to the functioning of the devices as described, nor  so we are clearly supposed to believe  to the soundness of the proofs that Turi...
The tractable cognition thesis
 Cognitive Science: A Multidisciplinary Journal
, 2008
"... The recognition that human minds/brains are finite systems with limited resources for computation has led some researchers to advance the Tractable Cognition thesis: Human cognitive capacities are constrained by computational tractability. This thesis, if true, serves cognitive psychology by constra ..."
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The recognition that human minds/brains are finite systems with limited resources for computation has led some researchers to advance the Tractable Cognition thesis: Human cognitive capacities are constrained by computational tractability. This thesis, if true, serves cognitive psychology by constraining the space of computationallevel theories of cognition. To utilize this constraint, a precise and workable definition of “computational tractability ” is needed. Following computer science tradition, many cognitive scientists and psychologists define computational tractability as polynomialtime computability, leading to the PCognition thesis. This article explains how and why the PCognition thesis may be overly restrictive, risking the exclusion of veridical computationallevel theories from scientific investigation. An argument is made to replace the PCognition thesis by the FPTCognition thesis as an alternative formalization of the Tractable Cognition thesis (here, FPT stands for fixedparameter tractable). Possible objections to the Tractable Cognition thesis, and its proposed formalization, are discussed, and existing misconceptions are clarified.
THE MYTH OF UNIVERSAL COMPUTATION
, 2005
"... It is shown that the concept of a Universal Computer cannot be realized. Specifically, instances of a computable function F are exhibited that cannot be computed on any machine U that is capable of only a finite and fixed number of operations per step. This remains true even if the machine U is endo ..."
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It is shown that the concept of a Universal Computer cannot be realized. Specifically, instances of a computable function F are exhibited that cannot be computed on any machine U that is capable of only a finite and fixed number of operations per step. This remains true even if the machine U is endowed with an infinite memory and the ability to communicate with the outside world while it is attempting to compute F. It also remains true if, in addition, U is given an indefinite amount of time to compute F. This result applies not only to idealized models of computation, such as the Turing Machine and the like, but also to all known generalpurpose computers, including existing conventional computers, as well as contemplated ones such as quantum computers.
Constraints on Hypercomputation, in
 Logical Approaches to Computational Barriers: Second Conference on Computability in Europe, CiE 2006
, 2006
"... “To infinity, and beyond!”, Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story, Pixar, 1995. Many attempts to transcend the fundamental limitations to computability implied by the Halting Problem for Turing Machines depend on the use of forms of hypercomputation that draw on notions of infinite or continuous, as opposed to ..."
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“To infinity, and beyond!”, Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story, Pixar, 1995. Many attempts to transcend the fundamental limitations to computability implied by the Halting Problem for Turing Machines depend on the use of forms of hypercomputation that draw on notions of infinite or continuous, as opposed to bounded or discrete, computation. Thus, such schemes may include the deployment of actualised rather than potential infinities of physical resources, or of physical representations of real numbers to arbitrary precision. Here, we argue that such bases for hypercomputation are not materially realisable and so cannot constitute new forms of effective calculability. 1
Abstract SuperTasks, Accelerating Turing Machines and Uncomputability
"... Accelerating Turing machines are abstract devices that have the same computational structure as Turing machines, but can perform supertasks. I argue that performing supertasks alone does not buy more computational power, and that accelerating Turing machines do not solve the halting problem. To sh ..."
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Accelerating Turing machines are abstract devices that have the same computational structure as Turing machines, but can perform supertasks. I argue that performing supertasks alone does not buy more computational power, and that accelerating Turing machines do not solve the halting problem. To show this, I analyze the reasoning that leads to Thomson's paradox, point out that the paradox rests on a conflation of different perspectives of accelerating processes, and conclude that the same conflation underlies the claim that accelerating Turing machines can solve the halting problem.
Quantum Hypercomputation—Hype or Computation?
, 2007
"... A recent attempt to compute a (recursion–theoretic) non–computable function using the quantum adiabatic algorithm is criticized and found wanting. Quantum algorithms may outperform classical algorithms in some cases, but so far they retain the classical (recursion–theoretic) notion of computability. ..."
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A recent attempt to compute a (recursion–theoretic) non–computable function using the quantum adiabatic algorithm is criticized and found wanting. Quantum algorithms may outperform classical algorithms in some cases, but so far they retain the classical (recursion–theoretic) notion of computability. A speculation is then offered as to where the putative power of quantum computers may come from.