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How can Maxwell's Demon erase information while a black hole can not?

It is stated, that information can't disappear even in black holes. On the other hand, it is stated, that mystic beings, like Maxwell demons, can easily erase any information if they just pay with ...
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The simulation hypothesis and the halting problem [closed]

I have a basic knowledge of classical and quantum information which isn't remotely enough to make me an expert on the subject. That being said, reading some questions about the simulation hypothesis ...
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Is Information a potential or kinetic kind of energy?

It is said that the law of least action is that nature tries to convert potential energy into kinetic one as fast as possible. Information can't be thought without a physical realisation, see here. ...
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Does quantum entangled particle release energy when its “twin” is measured? [closed]

So I was just thinking a bit, and I came up with a couple of questions. As we all know the scenario: We have two quantum entangled particles. Let's call them A and B. We like to measure the state of ...
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Is omniscience impossible?

I remember reading a brief note in Scientific American years ago about a mathematician/physicist who had published a paper that formally stated that no entity could both participate in a given system ...
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What is the unit of information as defined by information theory?

It appears to be defined by probability; however, does it have some unit that indicates its 'information level' in terms of probability?
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Information faster than light? [duplicate]

Imagine that you have two typewriters on the other side of the galaxy. Their typebars are connected by ropes (stretched to the maximum), so anything you type will instantly appear at the second ...
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Can matter be converted to information?

I know that matter can be converted to energy through E=mc^2. I also know that engery can be and has been converted to information through Landauer's principle (with Maxwell's demons). Does this ...
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From what we know about QM and Elements could we simulate the Universe in a Computer?

From what we know now about Quantum Mechanics and Elements, could we simulate life the Universe at a Quantum to Element level? If we can't assume enough to create a sim, what fundamentals are we ...
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What gives a particle its identity?

A lot of very smart people have stitched together the standard model, and I accept it. I don't understand it, but I assume there should be a mechanism of sorts that gives a particle some fundamental ...
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Can a system be PERFECTLY simulated by a quantum (and classical) computer? [closed]

This is a thought experiment, and as such will assume some crazy things. Let's say I decide to perfectly simulate my university as it is right now. I use a magic machine to instantly scan the entire ...
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Change of variables in calculating the integral of multivariable differential entropy

I have already asked this question in math.SX but here might be more proper. So I decided to put a copy here and delete the one which is not the one that got an answer: I know that for one ...
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Discord for partially decohered bell state

To illustrate discord and its use, Zurek in his paper on discord (NB pdf) gives example of a partially decohered bell state i.e. $$\rho_{AB}=\frac{1}{2}(|00\rangle\langle 00|+|11\rangle\langle 11|) + ...
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Why are waves, the means, of information transfer over long distances, excluding difusion or contact of info stored in matter

Practical long distance communication, which does not rely on the movement of encoded configurations of matter, from source to destination(odor,books,DNA,floppy disk), always involves waves (EM, Sound)...
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Question on communication between universes in a level 1 multiverse

Can matter, energy, or information travel from one universe to another in a Level I Multiverse? That is, is there any communication between Hubble volumes in an eternal inflation-induced multiverse?
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Qubit (Qdit) equivalence with bits/bytes/Kbytes/

What is the conversion factor for qubits (qudits) to bits/bytes in classical information theory/computation theory? I mean, how can we know how many "bits/bytes" process, e.g., a 60 qubit quantum ...
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sending information over a wire--mechanically [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible for information to be transmitted faster than light? I've thought about this since I was a little kid. I know it isn't exactly feasible, but it still bothers ...
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Is it feasible to store large amounts of information on DNA molecules (for years)?

This initially might seem like a biology based question, but I want to concentrate on the physics of DNA molecules, used purely as a manmade stable substrate for storing information. A 2013 Ted Talk ...
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Deriving an upper limit to the information in a human brain

For this question I am presuming that the human brain works deterministically and all information in a human brain is, once you get down to the lowest level, stored through the arrangement and other ...
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How many atoms do we need to store a bit?

And which kind of storage (HDD, flash, blue-ray, etc) has the most efficient atoms/bit ratio?
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Is total order and total chaos equal?

Imagine an ideal gas which possesses maximum entropy. It´s not difficult to describe the state of the system because once you know some part of the system you can say how the whole system looks like. ...
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Can a massive imploding sphere smash the holographic principle and conservation of information into oblivion?

Let $\text{BH}_1$ be a black hole of mass $M_1$, zero charge and angular momentum, and event horizon radius $R_1=\frac{2GM_1}{c^2}$. Alice is loitering at distance (all distances here are from the ...
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Why doesn't the quantum eraser violate the no-deletion theorem?

In the quantum eraser experiment and its variants, you basically have a double slit experiment, where you detect which slit the photon went through, but then forget this information. My question is, ...
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Is the information that a human brain (and body) “contains” superflorous to the information contained within the atoms of the body?

Layman here. I recently watched this video talking about Stephen Hawking's theory of hairy black holes. The speaker mentions, as I've heard before, that once "something" has entered a blackhole its ...
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Thermodynamic reversibility, Landauer's principle, and Maxwell's demon

A lot of the literature surrounding Landauer's principle (and relating it to Maxwell's demon) talks about whether or not a logically irreversible process can be thermodynamically reversible. But why ...
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Rotation on the surface of the Bloch sphere?

I have two questions. Is rotation of a state by an angle $\theta$ about the $\hat{n}$ axis of the Bloch sphere the same as the rotation of the sphere about $\hat{n}$ axis by an angle $\theta$? I ...
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Does the entropy of the universe change as expansion exceeds the speed of light?

The potential encoded information in a photon that is at the edge of the observable universe would seem to be lost as the universe expands. Does that loss of information contribute to the overall ...
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Total information in the universe

I have no business in this forum. It seems to me the total amount of information in the universe is finite determined by pre-big bang conditins. Information is neither created or destroyed only ...
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entropy-infomartion correlation at preliminary universe?

according to the theory of cosmic inflation after Alan Guth, the information should have travelled 100 times the speed of light at the very beginning after the big bang. -when we talk about ...
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Information of things inside a black hole [duplicate]

Can we get the information of things that are gone in black hole?
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What is the maximum theoretical limit on how much a HDD can store [duplicate]

I was wounding what was the maximum theoretical limit on how much a HDD(with 5 platters and a 3.5 inch size drive) can store because they have 6TB (not to be confuse with TiB) Because most people do. ...
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entropy in Information theory vs thermodynamic?

We Now From Information Theory That Entropy Of Functions Of A Random Variable $X$ Is Less Than Or Equal To The Entropy Of $X$. Does It Break The Second Law Of Thermodynamic?
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Physicists use of “Information” [on hold]

this is a philosophical question for physicists to answer. Elsewhere here on physics.se I learned that "information contained in a physical system = the number of yes/no questions you need to get ...
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Is it impossible to practically predict the future?

For the sake of curiosity, let us postulate a universe that can be completely described by mathematics. Let us further postulate, that humankind has fully discovered all the fundamental laws of nature....
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Is there a way to prove information entropy?

Information entropy is a very general term involving everything from the tendency of material to decay (in all the 3 meanings) to the fact that you need energy to sort your books alphabetically. Let'...
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Can a non-entangled qubit be teleported by entangling it?

Let's say I have a qubit that is not entangled in state $\psi$. I want to teleport this qubit by entangling it with another qubit but still getting $\psi$ back in the end. Is this possible, or would ...
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Is information propagated across a medium in any other way than waves?

Is information propagated in any other way than waves? Please distinguish "propagation across a medium" from information "storage within stable states of matter", which might difuse or interact ...
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Why is Quantum Information Theory till now not ready for a Quantum Computer? [closed]

Quantum Information Theory is a very much discussed term in Theoretical Physics, Information Science and Mathematics. Till now nearly 50 years after first definitions we have no usage in Computer ...
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Is information a form of energy? [closed]

To better describe my question, do the following experiment: Calculate x=12+26+67+71 Now you might have spent some time in getting the answer. You burnt sugar, you used up energy to get the ...