One of the interesting effects of physicalization would naturally be the further entanglement of algorithmic machines and cosmic phenomena, whether that be relative, quantic, membranic, or whatever else might come down the theoretical pike. Of course computers are already heavily entangled with various physical properties; it’s what makes them work. But to directly entangle an abstract algorithmic process to a cosmic phenomenon, now that’s cool.

Slashdot has just linked to the Quantum Random Bit Generation Service which will generate random numbers for you over the internet using hardware that « relies on intrinsic randomness of the quantum physical process of photonic emission in semiconductors and subsequent detection by photoelectric effect ». In other words, these are kick-ass random numbers that count up to 11.

So far there is a C++ library, a command-line tool (both will compile under g++), and some other systems/protocols that I don’t really know or work with. It also looks like some web interfaces are in development as well.

Quantum Random Bit Generator Service