# Oxford Scientist Explains The Quantum Turing Machine

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The video delves into the differences between Turing machines, quantum Turing machines, and universal Turing machines, highlighting their programmable nature and operation based on classical or quantum physics principles. It introduces the concept of constructors for physical transformations beyond computations, with a focus on John von Neumann's universal constructor theory. The segment also discusses the conservation of energy principle and its implications in replenishing batteries. Overall, it explores the boundaries set by the laws of physics on possible transformations and computations, offering a unique perspective on deriving physical laws.

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The differences between a Turing machine, a quantum Turing machine, and a universal Turing machine are discussed.

00:00A Turing machine operates based on classical physics principles discovered by Newton.

A quantum Turing machine follows the laws of quantum theory.

The concept of a universal Turing machine is introduced, capable of performing all physically allowed computations under a specific set of laws of physics.

Modern computers like iPhones or desktops are approximations of universal classical Turing machines.

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Discussion on constructors and their ability to perform physical transformations beyond computations.

05:44Constructors encompass catalysts, heat engines, and 3D printers, with the possibility of quantum programmable constructors in the future.

Various laws of physics determine the tasks that constructors can undertake, akin to how different laws impact computations in a Turing machine.

Mention of Mosh Bars, a nutrition venture promoting brain health awareness, providing a range of flavors including plant-based options.

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John von Neumann's extension of Turing's ideas to emulate life and self-replication.

09:04Introduction of the concept of a universal constructor to overcome Turing machine limitations in self-replication.

Constructor theory focuses on fundamental laws rather than probabilities for what is possible or impossible.

Emphasis on the restrictions imposed by physics laws on transformations and limitations of constructors.

Offers a unique perspective on deriving physical laws and understanding possible transformations.

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The limitations of changing the energy of a battery without side effects due to the conservation of energy principle are highlighted.

13:26Any energy source used to replenish the battery will also deplete itself, showcasing the constraints within physics.

The video emphasizes the concept of conservation of energy as a fundamental law governing our universe.

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