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Philip Ronald Dutton
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Is computation subject to relativistic effects?

When we talk about computation in general do we care about speed in explicit terms of time? I am not talking about algorithmic "times" such as "linear time", "log time", etc..

We have all read about the traveling clock in relativity theory. If the two clocks in said relativist experiment are mechanical computers (let us say Charles Babagge built them) and they are "programmed" to track time then why can we not say that the clock is actually just performing an unending computation? Does this imply that computation itself can be viewed as being relative? In other words, is computation subject to relativist effects? The clock after all is displaying the result of the computation.

If yes then what does this mean in terms of NKS?

PS: "time" as computer program or computation sounds so trivial but consider how many times you have utilized a Timer object in any of your software development endeavors.

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