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Tapping into Parallel Realities with Quantum Computing

In case you still don’t have a firm grip on the concept of quantum computing the video below does a great job at explaining it. Try to make sure you have somewhat of an understanding of what’s going on or you’re sure to be even more confused by the end of this post.

In quantum computing, the user is able to run the given computations simultaneously because it allows you to tap into those parallel timelines that stack on top of each other. It does this by using qubits that can store information in more than one position at any given moment. On the other hand, in conventional computers the positions of 0 and 1 are mutually exclusive. Each addition of a qubit gives you an additional exponent of processing power by allowing you to tap into one more of these theoretical timelines. According to these quantum theorists and accompanying scientists, there are a significant number of parallel universes that have inconsistencies with the one that we are living in but are just as real and can theoretically be accessed with these computers. There are points in these parallel timelines that overlap and these are known as a nexus which allow for us to move between the given timelines. These changes  and overlapping between parallel timelines have been used to explain the global phenomenon known as the Mandela Effect. Some believe that the Mandela Effect is a consequence of traveling between these timelines as events that occurred in the past change or aren’t as you remembered them to be.

Even back in 2005 David Deutsch stated that Quantum computation will be the first technology that allows useful tasks to be performed in collaboration between parallel universes. Not many people believed him then but with increased interest in bringing quantum computers to life many of his speeches and explanations have resurfaced in the past couple of years. Below is an excerpt from a Closer to the Truth interview in which Deutsch explains the basics behind quantum computers.

There is plenty of controversy surrounding the field of quantum computing. The first question that many people ask is why there is even a need for quantum computers, as the conventional ones that we have now work well enough and anything more is unnecessary. Geordie Rose made an analogy for these critics that are still having trouble grasping the concept of quantum computing: A horse may have outran the initial Wright Brothers flight, but a plane is not supposed to be a faster horse, it is a machine that takes advantage of another resource that nature has given us (the air) to fill a particular niche that horses would never be able to fill. Quantum computers follow the same pattern. While some conventional computers may be more stable and functional that quantum computers right now, this may not be the case in the near future. Quantum computers also take advantage of their given resources, by utilizing superposition and entanglement, to perform in ways that conventional computers would never be able to do.

Depending on the intent of the user, this additional processing and computational power could have a huge positive or an equally as large devastating effect on the world of technology as we know it today. In 1994 mathematician Peter Shor discovered a quantum algorithm that could find the prime factors of really big numbers. The basis of Cryptography is that if you multiply two large enough prime numbers it will be extremely hard to break this back down into the two parts. With a quantum computer and Shor’s app, this math could easily be computed and subsequently cryptography could be cracked.

Since the creation of the first commercial D- Wave quantum computers, founder Geordie Rose has left the project and started a new project named Kindred. At the moment, Kindred is focusing on building the world’s first human-level AI which Rose assures will be created within all of our expected lifetimes. At Kindred, Rose’s team consists of 34 of the top 50 individuals in the deep learning space community, all working together to change the field of artificial intelligence as we know it. As of right now, the engineer’s at Kindred have been working with full scale humanoids known as Thromang to conduct research and practice machine learning. With some of the brightest minds that made quantum computing a reality now on board with Kindred’s Artificial intelligence project the possibilities of the technology are virtually unlimited. It is impossible to predict exactly what this field has in store for the future but with the exponentially increased processing power of quantum computers and the current level learning ability of artificial intelligence it will only be a matter of time before science fiction becomes reality.

Final Blog Post, Per

In the recent semester, from September 2015 to December 2015, myself (Deniz Yalcin), Jordan Panella, Abraam Dawoud, and Elizabeth Giovine have been separated into different sectors of technology and disruption. Our team was given the privilege to focus on the sector of Personal Computing, in which almost all other sectors were disrupted because of PC’s.

As our final consolidated blog post here are all the links to the blog posts we have created, please take a look and enjoy! Our plan is to continue to find and post more into the blog even when we are no longer take the DTL course so please for future reference keep an eye out for more compelling information from our team!

Wearables:

The History of the Smartwatch – Deniz Yalcin

Tablets:

Becoming Mainstream… with the help of Apple -Tablet Computing – Jordan Panella

Tablets: The new way we learn? -Jordan Panella

Future of tablets? What tablets? Quantum Computers! -Jordan Panella

Jordan also has a Final Recap audio that can be found under this statement:

Smartphones:

Evolution of the iPhone – Elizabeth Giovine

Evolution of the iOS – Elizabeth Giovine

 

Thanks for watching!

-PC Team

evolution of the iOS

If you click here it will direct you to a video that shows the evolution of the iOS from iOS 1 to iOS 2. This youtube video really shows the disruption and the process the iPhone went through to get to this point. Make sure to really listen to iOS 5 and 6 since it shows how the disruption of the iphone changed drastically with siri and pc free. At that point is when the iphone can start to take over the role of a computer and how someone can do all of their messaging hands off due to siri.

Tablets: The new way we learn?

Tablets have had an impact on a good junk of businesses in various fields, for better or worse! In the following article we look at the impact tablets have on the education sector. The articles go over what the advantages are of having tablets in the classrooms and how they do not only benefit the students but also the teachers. So which tablet is the best option? Apple? There is a school in Switzerland that even bought its teachers and students iPads. In my high school we had iPads and for some students they helped but others it proved to be a distraction. Are tablets the future of learning in the classroom? If yes, than how do you prevent the iPad from becoming a distraction? The iPad could revolutionize how we learn and help kids who have disabilities.

 

Becoming Mainstream… with the help of Apple -Tablet Computing

It is common to think that the first main tablet to come out was the iPad. However the idea of tablet computing has been around since the 1980s. While it took a couple years to finally get one out to the public, AT&T eventually released the first tablet in 1991 called EO 440 Personal Communicator. From there on out tablets kept evolving and becoming more and more marketable by adding features like software compatibility and cleaner hardware design. Each major company had a tablet, all unique in their own right with features like handwriting recognition.

However, in 2010 the biggest event in the tablet world occurred when Apple released the first iPad. Up until the point of its release, all other tablets never were as successful as promised. The iPad was revolutionary, in an article by Matt Buchanan, (2013) he describes how the iPad managed to succeed in a industry that has shown no success. He highlights that the success of the iPad starts withe the iPhone. By incorporating the same operating system as the iPhone, on a bigger device the iPad not only allows for the iPad to communicate with the iPhone but expand its versatility. The iPad had a significant impact on other industries, such as newspapers and books. No other tablet before the iPad was as versatile and efficient, it was marketable in a way that had not been seen before. However, the iPad also received some backlash when it first came out. There was some confusion as to what the purpose of the iPad was to be. When looking at the following article, we see that the author, Adam Frucci’s critiques are rather harsh. When reading his problems one can see that he is comparing it to a computer/laptop, which is understandable but mistaken. We have seen in previous articles that the iPad, was originally not designed to be compared to other products but rather to be a new type of technology. In the following abbreviated video we see Steve Jobs, show this comparison when he introduces the iPad for the first time.

History of the Smartwatch

History of the Smartwatch:

First episode of a series called a Series of Disruption in and of Wearable Technology. When you have a second to watch this video, pay attention to the evolution of Smartwatches, and how it has not just been a desire recently to own a smartwatch…but since 1880.

You will witness the 5 milestones to the existence of the Smartwatch derived from The Smartwatch Group:

  1. Foundation
  2. Imagination
  3. Electronification
  4. Experimentation
  5. CommercializationThe 5 Milestones

Moore’s Law:

After discussing present day devices, we go into exactly how this is all possible. How computers are developing to be faster and smaller, and why we are capable of creating such innovative devices that we have wanted since 1880. Furthermore, Moore’s Law is defined as, by Gamespot.com as the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit would double around every two years.

Thanks for watching!

-Deniz

evolution of the iphone

  1. The evolution of the cell phone is a pretty incredible thing and it has been distrupted in the last decade more then what was even foreseeable. It is crazy to think of where the cell phone came from and where it is now and it isn’t even imaginable what it will be like in the near future. At first the first cell phone was in 1973 where it could be installed into cars and other vehicles. The phone was designed and made by Martin Cooper who worked for Motorola. It was bulky and weighed 1.1 kg and was 23 cm long. It only had 30 minutes to talk and then would have to be recharged for the next 10 hours. These cell phones went for about 4 grand each. In the early stages of the phones Nokia and Motorola came out with many different devices and different technique and styles. They were competitors and were at the top of the industry for cell phones during the late 90s and early two thousands. For instance the Nokia 6110 was a basic phone that had the standard game of snack, had a calculator, and you were able to make phone calls. They made many different makes and models that consisted of flip phones non flip phones etc. It wasn’t until later in the 2000s there was a period of immense trial and error with cell phones. Many different companies came out with different types of cell phones like the en-v, the dare, the voyager, the versa, the razor. These were all types of phones that many people had and the blackberry was even becoming more popular.

 

The blackberry was one of the first smart phones and even was popular when the first iPhone came out in 2007. However, it evidently died down a couple years afterwards when the iPhones and android devices became the main cell phone everyone had. It seemed like a trend that was seen in cell phones up until 2012 was cell phones keep getting more and more smaller so they were easier to carry etc. However, now in 2015, the latest iPhone 6s plus is huge consisting of 6.23” H x 3.07” L x .29” W. when it was originally 2 inches smaller then that to begin with. If you click here you will see a powerpoint that shows the iPhones various sizes.