A Synergetic system is unlike any other computational system, though it is a superset of all others. The principles of Synergetics are very easy to translate into physical implementations using today’s microelectronic technology. Even through simple logic gates it is possible to create systems which exhibit and utilise quantum mechanical effects despite the circuitry not itself being quantum mechanical in nature. Such behaviour leads to incredibly powerful systems but with a surprisingly high ease of use, arguably easier to use than a conventional computer.
When seen through Synergetic principles, many computational and technological problems disappear. It is found that many of the most serious problems facing current technological developments are caused primarily through our perceptions of the problems — in essence, the wrong questions are asked because the problems are misinterpreted.
Interestingly, Synergetics gives a solution to the Halting Problem (») for all programs and inputs. To be more precise, Synergetics shows that the Halting Problem is incorrectly formulated, which in turn leads to the simple answer “yes;“ — every program will always halt. The question which should really be asked is not whether the program will halt, but rather what its output will be, which can be much more difficult to resolve such as for Grandi’s series (») (a Synergetic computer asked to solve this through simple summation of the series will yield a superposition of 0 and 1 as its output).
A computer built on Synergetic principles is not programmed in the conventional sense, and similarly nor does it contain processors and memories. Instead, the work for it to perform is simply arranged within the system and the work will resolve itself to completion. An analogy to this is a chemical reaction — no program is required to tell two molecules how and when to interact, it is instead a natural process which occurs simply by their introduction to each other. Synergetic computers can thus be well suited to simulations such as protein folding, climate modelling, and n-body problems.
Synergetic principles allows systems to be built with significant security, such as being impervious to viruses, worms, and ‘hacking’. It is possible to ensure that eavesdroppers cannot access information without detection.
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