writing chapter 5.3
he whips out schematics when he’s talking to nathan. nathan doesn’t really understand, but studies up on it at home. he’s an electrical engineer and a programmer. he taught himself to program, and dropped out of engineering school after a fight with the head of the department over some point of orthodoxy kurt just could bear to accept.
kurt’s van is full of food wrappers and printer paper and well-thumbed manuals, as well as a gun under the seat and many pharmaceutical bottles in the glove compartment, with all kinds of tools and electronic equipment stowed in cubbies down the length of the van, and one wall turned into a mobile computer lab. working alone in his messy van, sitting in the back on a broken swivel chair in front of a bank of computers and screens, surrounded by cables and computer junk, trash, cigarette butts, plastic coffee cups, fast food wrappers, and a big half-empty pee-jar, lit by garish monitor-light, oblivious to the world outside his van, he starts in creating the game kernel, and he’s immediately in the flow. the hours pass, and he’s slapping the code down as fast as it comes to him, and it’s a thing of beauty. the code just flows out of his fingers and goes where it needs to go as if it’s predestined. he’s off in a computer lab in his brain, a cloudlike space where pieces of the quantum kernel are forming with only a little bit of help, into a massive tangle of purposeful connections and chunks of functionality, a beautiful, symmetrical organism that rolls up into a buckyball when he’s done. sleep programming that he doesn’t remember, but that’s how he wrote most of the kernel – strange things happened while he was writing the kernel. he would find himself inside it, tinkering with the code, building in extra bits he understood perfectly at the time in his sleep.
how’s he going to actually make a quantum computer? he can start by exfoliating graphite. he can do this in his van and print out sheet of graphene on his inkjet printer, working up the dna slurry and doping the graphene. it’s going to be more difficult to turn the graphene sheet into graphene ribbon with inter’woven’ semiconducting layers.
nanocomputer fabrication. you can scale down from silicon transistor, atom by atom. you can scale up, building atom on atom. you can let the thing assemble itself from programmed instructions. you can grow it from a seed by cell division and dendritic growth. diy bioengineering
contaminated at every step, peeling off graphite layers also layers of kurt skin and grunge. cut himself, bled all over samples. none too careful prepping them. kurt builds a biological computer, using a drop of his blood for the substrate. and his blood happened to be rich in psilocybin and ayahuasca molecules at the time, so it was kurt in his shaman essence that formed the quantum kernel. as a parenthetical. blood’s fern pattern altered by psychoacive molecules, made molecular fern pattern copied by kernel as neural network basis of computer. he builds the quantum cpu. miracle happens. sparky the wonder qubit.
he can go back to his van to make the mobius strip with his current level of technology. he needs a microscope. a diy scanning electron microscope ($1500). atomic force microscope, $26k desktop model.
need to use mobius strip as seed inside buckyball generating chamber, precipitate scraped out and smeared on chip. can do this at home. then he needs to insert the buckyball into a chip. tweezers, or hands, and something to write with, like the tip of a scanning electron microscope.
nicola tesla and willhelm reich in his dream-airstream. tesla makes cup of tea, reich wants something stronger, they make a mess of the kitchen area. tesla looking over his shoulder as he makes the oscillator, reich working with him on the plasma slurry. kurt sleep drives to all these places for fabrication of the kernel. he remembers working with people, they don’t remember his visit, but enough uncertainty that they never could say afterwards. kurt drove up to massachussetts to visit a guy he knew who worked at janis, or plainview ny to veeco for optical coating or vapor deposition. to sea isle nj for nanocoatings. does he go into ga tech’s lab?
he needs to shield processor with an optical (conductive/dissipative/antireflective/reflective/dichroic filter) coating, which can be dip coated or spin coated, cast, or powdered. then heat set. can he do that at home? in the microwave. he sits there and pushes the button, watching anxiously thru the door, then impulsively cancels it and pulls out the dish, peering at its vast emptiness for signs that he’s overcooked it. coating has orgonite/piezoelectric properties, with mobius wrap to generate scalar waves and tesla oscillator to echo information into and out of processor, preserving quantum states in mobius strip.
receiver, set in standard chip, set into standard interface and linked to standard peripherals. tesla and reich help with this. connectivity. does it have a plug? how does it get thru the shell to communicate, not wifi thru the shell but from the outside of the shell, or a usb which seems silly. how does it propagate thru the shell? using standard microfabrication can make superconducting quantum shell easy to couple to mhz/ghz radio waves.
“When any two devices need to talk to each other, they have to agree on a number of points before the conversation can begin. The first point of agreement is physical: Will they talk over wires, or through some form of wireless signals? How will they speak to each other? All of the parties in an electronic discussion need to know what the bits mean and whether the message they receive is the same message that was sent. This means developing a set of commands and responses known as a protocol. offer/echo computer/peripheral transaction/handshake.”
“Bluetooth can connect up to eight devices simultaneously. uses a technique called spread-spectrum frequency hopping. a device will use 79 individual, randomly chosen frequencies within a designated range, changing from one to another on a regular basis. transmitters change frequencies 1,600 times every second, meaning that more devices can make full use of a limited slice of the radio spectrum. When Bluetooth-capable devices come within range of one another, an electronic conversation takes place to determine whether they have data to share or whether one needs to control the other. The user doesn’t have to press a button or give a command — the electronic conversation happens automatically. Once the conversation has occurred, the devices — whether they’re part of a computer system or a stereo — form a network. Bluetooth systems create a personal-area network (PAN), or piconet, that may fill a room or may encompass no more distance than that between the cell phone on a belt-clip and the headset on your head. Once a piconet is established, the members randomly hop frequencies in unison so they stay in touch with one another and avoid other piconets that may be operating in the same room. When the base is first turned on, it sends radio signals asking for a response from any units with an address in a particular range. Since the handset has an address in the range, it responds, and a tiny network is formed.”
and when he wakes up it’s sitting there, shining, floating in the cloudlike area inside his mind, pulsing with his own brainwaves. and he stands in front of it and says ‘open sesame’ and it parts and allows him in, enveloping him like a living suit, making him physically infinite, indeterminate, fuzzy. he creates an interface whereby the kernel can interact with classical computers, then enshrouds and locks down this vital core that makes the game possible. kurt encrypts it so nobody else can touch the quantum kernel.
he builds a simple software engine that can be plugged in and function with a regular computer, plug and play. he put it in a chip and hooked it to his iphone. stuck it in a bluetooth. is it a little lump under a sticker on the back of his phone? what’s inside of kernel? cpu and ram?
“essential aspects of an efficient quantum algorithm: preparation of a superposed state, then application of unitary transformations in such a way as to take advantage of quantum parallelism and then concentrate the resulting global information into a single place, and finally an appropriate measurement.”