| The Finite Nature Hypothesis of Edward Fredkin |

| | Fredkin concludes: "Given **Finite** Nature, what we have at the bottom is a Cellular **Automaton** of some kind." And, because "Automata, Cellular Automata and **Finite** State Machines are all forms of computers," this is to say that at the bottom of the physics of the natural world, we have a computer of some kind. |

| | Accordingly, this process whereby the cellular **automaton** is "computing its future as fast as possible" effectively mimics "the apparent randomness of quantum mechanical processes" and satisfies the condition that the result should be random in the sense that it is unknowable even in principle. |

| | **Finite** Nature means that our world operates as though it were the product of a computing system, and Fredkin sees that this is because our universe is an artifact produced by a computer of some sort. |

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