Welcome to our exploration of how the series DEVS. Written and directed by Alex Garland, the series is explicitly inspired by the ideas of David Deutsch.
David Deutsch is a physicist and computer scientist who has been exploring the intersection of quantum mechanics and computer science for decades. His work has inspired a new generation of scientists and creative minds, including Alex Garland, the writer and director of DEVS.
DEVS is a series that follows Lily Chan, a computer engineer at Amaya, as she uncovers the dark secrets behind the company's quantum computer project. The series explores themes of determinism, free will, and the nature of reality, all of which are inspired by Deutsch's groundbreaking ideas.
In particular, DEVS is heavily influenced by Deutsch's ideas about the Many-Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. This theory suggests that every time a quantum measurement is made, the universe splits into multiple parallel worlds, each with its own version of reality.
The Amaya team is trying to create a quantum computer that can accurately simulate past and future events, effectively predicting the future. This idea is also inspired by Deutsch's work, which suggests that the universe can be understood as a giant quantum computer, with all physical processes ultimately reducible to computations.
DEVS explores the implications of such a powerful technology, with Lily and her team discovering that the system has the power to manipulate reality itself. The series raises profound questions about the nature of determinism and free will, and whether the future is predetermined or open to change.
In the final episode of the series, Lily confronts the head of Amaya, Forest, and they engage in a philosophical debate about the nature of reality and the role of technology in shaping it. This scene is a direct homage to David Deutsch's book "The Fabric of Reality," which explores similar ideas.
DEVS is a thought-provoking series that explores some of the most profound ideas in science and philosophy. Alex Garland's use of David Deutsch's ideas demonstrates the power of scientific concepts to inspire and inform creative works, and shows how science fiction can be a vehicle for exploring complex ideas in a way that is accessible and engaging to audiences.
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