But anyway I thought the real # was 11... Anyway... Back to developing...
Actually, the number of folds you can do is more of an engineering
issue than a logical one, kind of like how fast can you make a
program or how much power an engine can make.
Also, another type of instructional precision you need to include is
the fact that the paper is being folded in half. If you fold it in
thirds, you might get more folds without unfolding and with the same
The limitations of 7 or 8 are assuming that it is a human folding the
paper and that you have a normal sized or thicknessed piece of paper.
If you had a robot doing the folding, it could probably get more
folds with the same kind of paper.
Or, if you have thinner paper, you could also get more folds out of it.
Generally, the number of folds relates to how thick the paper is and
how precise the handlers are (eg: a brain surgeon might get an extra
So if you can get the paper to be in a few atoms in thickness (which
means it probably wouldn't be "paper" anymore and you have a robot
doing it, then you could probably go over 11.
That said, since the maximum fold count is a logarithmic function,
you still wouldn't get too much further with thinner paper et al.