Scott Fitzgerald / Art & Education

scott@droolcup.com


2010, August

Intercept Point

Intercept Point is an attempt to understand quantum theories, using binary tools.

A text is sent from a sender (on the left) to a receiver (on the right). When a viewer opens the door on the center box, 4 LED panels freeze in one of four colors (red, green, orange, dark). Displayed on the panels is a quantum encoded ASCII character. The viewer has intercepted part of the encoded message, freezing its state. As soon as a message is frozen, the sender and receiver, aware their conversation has been interrupted, start again from the beginning.

“A cat is penned up in a steel chamber, along with the following device (which must be secured against direct interference by the cat): in a Geiger counter, there is a tiny bit of radioactive substance, so small that perhaps in the course of the hour, one of the atoms decays, but also, with equal probability, perhaps none; if it happens, the counter tube discharges, and through a relay releases a hammer that shatters a small flask of hydrocyanic acid. If one has left this entire system to itself for an hour, one would say that the cat still lives if meanwhile no atom has decayed. The psi-function of the entire system would express this by having in it the living and dead cat (pardon the expression) mixed or smeared out in equal parts”

from Schroedinger, “The Present Situation in Quantum Mechanics”


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Intercept Point
Intercept Point
Intercept Point