Proceedings of the International Conference on Intelligent Systems and Semiotics (ISAS'97), National Institute of Standards and Technology Publ., Gaithersburg, MD, 1997, pp. 383-388.
Nowadays, we are using mainly computer of fourth generation, and we are designing fifth-generation computers. It is reasonable to ask: what is the perspective? What will the computers of generation omega look like?
--As the speed of data processing increases, we face a natural limitation of causality, according to which the speed of all processes is limited by the speed of light.
--Lately, a new area of acausal (causality violating) processes has entered mainstream physics.
This area has important astrophysical applications. In this paper, we show:
--how non-equilibrium thermodynamics makes these processes consistent,
--how these processes can be used in computations, and
--how the very possibility of these processes lead to the granularity of the physical world.