The world of superfast quantum computing may be here sooner than we thought. By handing out this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics to two quantum physicists (American David Wineland and Serge Haroche of France) who have figured out how to measure the properties of quantum particles, Stockholm’s Nobel Prize committee gave new hope to what many physicists have thought might be possible one day: to channel the seemingly magical properties of quantum particles to create super-computing machines that can run a massive amount of calculations in parallel. These so-called quantum computers would be exponentially faster than any computer of today, opening up a brave new era of computational power.
At the heart of the Nobel Prize-winning efforts is a solution to one of the oldest and most famous thought experiments in quantum mechanics: Schrodinger’s Cat.
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