Harnessing Quantum Computers
Current computing technology utilizes a binary computation system—that is, it reads code embedded with states of “on” or “off” (one or zero) to perform calculations. But scientists have been working to expand on the inherent limitations of such logic systems by using the fuzzy nature of sub-atomic particles, which can exist in a variety of states, often all at the same time. These new quantum computers could run immense calculations in parallel, revolutionizing the industry. MIT mechanical engineer Seth Lloyd banters with a more skeptical Edward Fredkin on the topic.
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Recorded June 2011; Posted September 2011