Physical limits of inference

  title={Physical limits of inference},
  author={D. Wolpert},
  • D. Wolpert
  • Published 2007
  • Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science
  • ArXiv
  • Abstract We show that physical devices that perform observation, prediction, or recollection share an underlying mathematical structure. We call devices with that structure “inference devices”. We present a set of existence and impossibility results concerning inference devices. These results hold independent of the precise physical laws governing our universe. In a limited sense, the impossibility results establish that Laplace was wrong to claim that even in a classical, non-chaotic universe… CONTINUE READING
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