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  • Killing time with another online cat video, eh?

  • And, to think: other people are busy figuring out how to use quantum computing to overcome

  • global hunger, prevent pandemics and even reverse climate change.

  • Fortunately for you, this is no ordinary cat video.

  • And I'm no ordinary cat.

  • I'm Schrödinger's Cat.

  • Not familiar?

  • Well, you see, Dr. Erwin Schrödinger, born Vienna, 1887, he came up with a thought experiment

  • about quantum mechanics...

  • All you need is a radioactive atom, a Geiger counter, a hammer, a glass tube filled with

  • cyanide...

  • And a cat in a steel box.

  • I guess this is what people did with their free time in the pre-cat video era.

  • Not weird at all, Erwin...

  • When the atom decays, it releases radiation.

  • That sets off the Geiger counter, which triggers the hammer to break the tube...

  • And kill the cat who never did anything wrong except spray the rug that one time you were

  • at the lab all night, Erwin...

  • Simple enough, right?

  • Wrong.

  • You know nothing aboutSuperposition.”

  • It means that the electrons in the atom are actually in multiple states at once.

  • So the atom is both decayed and intact.

  • Therefore, the cat - AKA me - is both alive and dead.

  • Until, of course, you open the box and observe only one reality due to your inherent limitations

  • as a human being.

  • Back in the day, an understanding of the movement of electrons helped create the silicon chip

  • that powers thistraditionalcomputer.

  • And an understanding of superposition will power the future of computing.

  • You see, quantum bits orqubitsof information will exist in multiple states.

  • That means that a computer can cover numerous paths at the same time - rather than sequentially

  • and do billions of years worth of computing in a matter of days, hours or even minutes.

  • Quantum computers will be able to model the seeming chaos of mother nature itself and

  • thereby move toward solving the planet's biggest challenges.

  • But qubits are fragile little fellows that have to work within a larger quantum system.

  • That's why Microsoft is creatingtopologicalqubits to store info in braided paths of particles

  • that are much more stable and allow for far greater scalability.

  • The company is delivering the algorithms, hardware, advances in cold logic, cryogenics,

  • software and developer programming toolsto offer a full stack solution and make quantum

  • computing more accessible.

  • We'll even be able to use quantum computing to solve some of the mysteries of quantum

  • mechanics.

  • And that's just so meta, I can barely stand it.

  • So, you may not have known me before today, but I directly contributed to the chip that

  • is allowing you to watch me now.

  • Cat videos are what this thing's really for anyway, right?

  • And remember this quantum kitty, because I'll also be powering the quantum computers that

  • save lives, revolutionize economies and host trillions of future cat videos

  • Some of which may have already been created in alternate realities.

  • Don't think on that too hard...

  • Either way, you're welcome.

Killing time with another online cat video, eh?

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The animated guide to quantum computing (Explanimators episode 6)

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    陳柏志 posted on 2018/03/30
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