Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles For most of our history, human technology consisted of our brains, fire, and sharp sticks While fire and sharp sticks became power plants and nuclear weapons The biggest upgrade has happened to our brains Since the 1960's, the power of our brain machines has kept growing exponentially allowing computers to get smaller and more powerful at the same time But this process is about to meet its physical limits Computer parts are approaching the size of an atom To understand why this is a problem, we have to clear up some basics In a Nutshell -By Kurzgesagt A computer is made up of very simple components doing very simple things Representing data, the means of processing it, and control mechanisms Computer chips contains modules which contains logic gates, which contains transistors A transistor is the simplest form of a data processor in computers basically a switch that can either block, or open the way for information coming through This information is made up of bits Which can be set to either 0 or 1 Combinations of several bits are used to represent more complex information Transistors are combined to create logic gates which still do very simple stuff For example, an AND Gate sends an output of 1 if all of its inputs are 1 and a output of 0 otherwise Combinations of logic gates finally form meaningful modules say for adding two numbers Once you can add, you can also multiple and once you can multiple, you can basically do anything Since all basic operations are literally simpler than first grade math You can imagine a computer as a group of 7 year old answering really basic math questions A large enough bunch of them could compute anything from astrophysics to zelda However, with parts getting tinier and tinier Quantum physics are making things tricky In a nutshell, a transistor is just a electric switch Electricity is electrons moving from one place to another So, a switch is a passage that can block electrons from moving in one direction Today, a typical scale for Transistors is 14 nanometers Which is about 8 time less than a HIV virus' diameter and 500 times smaller than a red blood cells As transistors are shrinking to the size of only a few atoms Electrons may just transfer them to the other side of a blocked passage viral process called Quantum Tunneling In the quantum realm, physic works quite differently from the predictable way were used to and traditional computers just stop making sense We are approaching a real physical barrier for our technological progress To solve this problem scientist are trying to use these unusual quantum properties to their advantage by building quantum computers In normal computers, bits are the smallest unit of information Quantum computers use Qubits which can also be set to one of two values A qubit can be any two level quantum system such as a spin and a magnetic field or a single photon 0 and 1 are the system's possible states like the photons horizontal or vertical polarization In the quantum world, the qubit doesn't have to be just one of those It can be any proportions of both states at once This is called Superposition But as soon as you test its value say by sending the photon through a filter It has to decide to be either vertically or horizontally polarized So as long as it's unobserved The qubit is in a superposition of probabilities for 0 and 1 and you can't predit which it'll be But the instant you measure it It collapses into on of the definit states superposition is a game changer Four classical bits can be in one of two to the power of four different configurations at a time that's 16 possible combinations at which you can use just one Four qubits in superposition however, can be in all of those 16 combinations at once This number grows exponentially with each extra qubit 20 of them can already store a million values in parallel A really wired and uninsured property qubits can have is Entanglement A close connection that makes each of the qubits react to a change in the other state instantaneously no matter how far they are apart This means when measuring just one entangled qubit, you can directly to use property of it's partner's without having to look Qubit Manipulation is a mind bender as well A normal logic gate gets a simple set of inputs and produce one definite output A quantum gate manipulates an input of superposition rotates probabilities and produces another superposition as its output So a quantum computer sets up some qubits, apply quantum gates to entangle them and manipulate probabilities then finally measures the outcome collapsing superposition to an actual seqence of 0s and 1s What this means is you get entire lot of calculations that are possible with your setup all done at the same time Ultimately you can only measure one of the results and it'll only probably be the one you want So you might have to double check and try again But by cleverly exploiting superposition and entanglement this can be exponentially more efficient than would ever be possible on a normal computer So, while quantum computers will not probably not replace our home computers in some areas, they are vastly superior One of them is database searching to find something in a database, a normal computer may have to test every single one of its entries Quantum algorithms need only the square root of that time which for large databases, is a huge difference The most famous use of quantum computers is ruining IT sercity right now you are browsing email and banking data is being kept secure by an encryption safety system in which you give everyone a public key to encode messages only you can decode The problem is that this public key can actually be used to calculate your secret private key Luckily, doing the necessary math on any normal computer would literally take years of try and error But a quantum computer with exponential speed-up could do it in a breath Another really exciting new use is simulations Simulations of the quantum world are very intense on resources and even for bigger structures such as molecules they often lack accuracy So why not simulate quantum physics with actual quantum physics Quantum simulations could provide new insights on proteins that might revolutionize medicine Right now we don't know if quantum computers will be just a specallized tool or a big revolution for humanity We have no idea where the limits of technology are and there's only one way to find out This video is supported by the Australian Academy of Science which promotes and supports excellence in science Learn more about this topic and others like it at nova.org.au It was a blast to work with them, so go check out their site! 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