We are all in the depths of a cave, chained by our ignorance, by our prejudices, and our weak senses reveal to us only shadows. If we try to see further, we are confused; we are unaccustomed. But we try. This is science. Scientific thinking explores and redraws the world, gradually offering us better and better images of it, teaching us to think in ever more effective ways. Science is a continual exploration of ways of thinking. Its strength is its visionary capacity to demolish preconceived ideas, to reveal new regions of reality, and to construct new and more effective images of the world. This adventure rests upon the entirety of past knowledge, but at its heart is change. The world is boundless and iridescent; we want to go and see it. We are immersed in its mystery and in its beauty, and over the horizon there is unexplored territory. The incompleteness and the uncertainty of our knowledge, our precariousness, suspended over the abyss of the immensity of what we don’t know, does not render life manginess: it makes it interesting and precious.
Rovelli, Carlo. Reality is Not What it Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity. NY, NY: Riverhead , an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017. 8. Print.
this is sydney, she graduated at the top of her class from harvard and went on to study quantum science but then had her brain replaced by a 1.44 mb floppy disc in a hilariously unfortunate turn of events. you should draw her
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I understand that quantum one time pads, or some near relative, are being explored via spin states. I have no knowledge of the size of these devices, but the idea seems neat
If you’re talking about what I think you’re talking about, there’s technology for basically transmitting one-time pads in a provably secure way using quantum entanglement. There’s some interesting attacks on this, but they should be defeatable.
The problem with this approach is that it requires basically a hard connection that can transmit entangled photons. So it’s plausible for connecting, say, the White House to the Pentagon. And with enough determination, it could connect the White House to NORAD. But I don’t think you could plausibly extend that tech to connecting me to Amazon.
First there was the mainframe, then came the personal computer, now we’ve reached a new monumental landmark in the history of technology. For the first time ever, IBM aims to bring universal quantum computers out of the lab and into the commercial realm. Projected to sift through vast possibilities and data, to choose the perfect option or discover unseen patterns, quantum computing is poised to drive a new era of innovation across industries. This means that some of the world’s most complex problems now have a chance of being solved. And as the quantum eco-system grows, a seemingly impossible kind of physics could start to make the most incredible things possible.
Your computer can now bend the laws of physics. Most computers think in strings of 1s and 0s. Quantum computers like the one being tested in the IBM Research Quantum Lab, can process 1s and 0s at the same time, like being in two places at once. It’s called “superposition” and it’s the next big leap in technology.
Want to see what quantum computing is like? Experiment with the IBM Quantum Experience over the cloud, through any device or desktop, and you too can test the processor you see in this lab!
13.05.17 // Updated my physics window for the first time in ages! Had some thoughts over the past few weeks surrounding a free scalar field universe model so I drew them up as well as some old game theory because I watched a Beautiful Mind and felt nostalgic. I hope you are all having wonderful days / evening / whatever plane of existentialism you currently observe 😉