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A Quantum Computing Approach to Test for Free Will in Humans.

Assuming the Big Bang to be the starting point of quantum entanglement, we now have the situation of a seemingly infinite number of entanglements that make our universe what it is. From this point of view every decision we make forms new entanglements and is due to prior entanglements. If that is so, there is no free will, but merely the consequence of prior entanglements.

To test this assumption quantum computers could do the trick. An algorithm (AI) that draws on a subjects personality, life-history and some environmental factors to predict future binary decision could give an insight on how prior entanglements are predictive to new entanglements. To train the algorithm several subjects are needed to verify on binary decisions the computer clone of each subject made.

Thanks to quantum computing such an algorithm could be able to finish computing within our lifetime. There are several more advantages that come along with quantum computers for this kind of machine learning.

Now: If the accuracy for binary decision making predictions of this algorithm is significantly greater than 0.5 (pure chance for any binary decision), it can be said, that there is no free will.

I think to resolve the question of free will in humans is essential in understanding the purpose we are serving. This approach is relatively cost effective, as a small number of subjects would suffice to test the hypothesis. The costs would reside with the time to develop a proper algorithm as well as the hardware. Nevertheless there are ethical constraints to this approach, as the subjects would have to share a lot of very personal data. Furthermore if the hypothesis was tested to be true I assume there would be tremendous effects on society.

I would love to hear your opinion on this topic. Maybe someone can point out similar experiments or approaches I missed so far in my research.


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  • Apr 27 2013: Hi.
    Could your idea be applicable to assessing (for the good), just how brainwashed humans are?
    Say, Americans or even those of any country?
    By "for the good", I mean waking them up so that they can once more reason accurately, quickly and clearly in order to see or find the truth, and that they may then more readily take the appropriate action necessary that learning the truth compels them to do.
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      Apr 27 2013: Hi. You assume people to want to be waken up, I do not think that is true in the first place (pessimistic and sad truth, at least for my part). Further I think if my hypothesis was tested to be true it would rather have devastating effects in regards to people seeking the truth. Those who are not engaged in truth seeking for now won't be later or anytime (this is the greater number of world population I assume). Those who are engaged in truth seeking will split in two groups either making sense of the findings and redefining purpose of life in the light of the findings or growing desperate, as they realize that there is no purpose to making changes because we are not in charge.

      However the group of truth seekers is limited to very few privileged people, mostly with financial power and access to higher education and sophisticated knowledge. I believe that the only group that wants to be waken up is this small group of truth seekers.

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