Future of tablets? What tablets? Quantum Computers!

We have gone over the beginning of tablets and their current impact in today’s industries. Well what is the future?  Quantum computing offers a new way to not only write programs but rework are whole computing system.

The following video breaks down what Quantum Computing is and how it differs from cl

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2 Responses to Future of tablets? What tablets? Quantum Computers!

  1. Matthew Flanagan December 11, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

    Quantum computing is something straight out of science fiction. It is a concept that is very hard to understand. I imagine this is what iPhone look like to our grandparents because I don’t really understand this stuff. From the video, quantum computing is the use of atoms to compute things. Quantum physics it a completely different subject than classical physics. Speed and position break down in the quantum world. Quantum information is different because of its intrinsic randomness. Unlike digital computers, which use ones and zeros, quantum computation is either a one or a zero, not one or another. It isn’t random in a way that it is predictable, it is completely unpredictable. There is no value to the qubit until there is an outcome. Because atomic particles are able to be in two states at the same time, they are much different than if millions of atoms are all together. This is much more powerful than a regular computer because there are infinite possibilities instead of just ones and twos. Quantum computers are capable of doing many different calculations at the same time. The possibilities with quantum computers are nearly infinite.
    Something interesting about quantum computing is the fact that it cannot be exposed to anything at all. If you even look at a quantum computer’s components, it would be destroyed. I watched another video by Michio Kaku, a Theoretical Physicist. He brought up the fact that these computers will be very hard to program. Quantum computers are programed on individual atoms. The way they are programed today is with an MRI machine. The record for a quantum computer calculation is 10+5=15. This may not seem impressive, but it is because a simple math calculation was done using only 5 atoms. Imagine what we could do with a thousand, ten thousand, 100 thousand, or a million atoms. He said that if you don’t think that 10 +5 is impressive for a quantum computer, then go home and try to get 10 + 5 using only 5 atoms. This put it into relativity because, for me, it is impossible.
    It is hard to imagine what more we could possibly do with quantum computers. Obviously they would be able to make the computations that we do today look silly, but what more can they do? Will this be the first form of artificial intelligence? Maybe these computers will be even smarter than we are. These computers will supposedly be able to do things we’ve never dreamed of doing with digital computers, but what can’t we do with digital computers? We would be able to solve some of the most difficult questions that we have today. Medical problems and diseases will be something of the past and the most distant stare will seem much closer.
    Clearly these computers will be much too expensive for everyone to have for a very long time. We probably wont see the first quantum computer for at least the next 20 years. Even when it gets to the point where everyone can have a quantum computer, how will we be able to us them without destroying them? They are too sensitive to even look at.

  2. Ryan Skolnick December 11, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    The idea of a quantum computer used to be something of science fiction, but it will soon be complete fact. Quantum computing is the future. A lot of what is seen in quantum computing is pure physics. What I mean by that is there is a lot of the uncertainty principle. The uncertainty principle basically says that you can know one aspect of a particle at a time, but you can never know all two aspects of a particle. For instance, you can know its speed, or you can know its location, but you can not know both. Quantum computers operate in similar ways, computing these equations at lightning speed. An interesting use of a super computer, or even a quantum computer, would be in self driving cars. Self driving cars— originally a thing of science fiction— is now becoming science fact. Google has been working on the self driving technology for a while, and Tesla recently released an update to their Model S cars that allows a Beta test of their self driving abilities. Currently, the information being fed into the system is not good enough to be able to drive outside of the highway, where lines can literally get a little blurred. In these cases, cars have been known to drift into a different lane because the system thought the car was merging. Supercomputers navigating the self driving capabilities, however, could solve this issue. The computers would analyze the situation and determine which possibility has the best outcome. Hopefully, it would also be the safest outcome. Another fix to the self driving car issue is to go Google’s route and use cameras and sensors all around the car to view if a car is coming, or to see where the car stands in the road. While this would be very expensive to fix if the car becomes totaled, the point of this system is to prevent a collision in the first place, making that issue hopefully a pointless argument. There are many who believe that the self driving car will help solve traffic issues as well as lower insurance rates and fatalities. This would be fantastic— lowering the amount of deaths per year AND decreasing traffic? Sign me up! And it seems as though a lot of countries will indeed want their citizens to be driving self-driving cars. The self driving car also means that commuting is not an issue. You can get your work started in the car as your invisible chauffeur drives you to work. Personally, I cannot wait for self driving cars to be mainstream. Then again, I cannot wait for a lot of advances in technology. Quantum computing will bring with it its own advancements, but this just means that scientists and engineers can do almost anything. All of the issues that the world is currently facing can be solved by scientists. Personally, above all I would like to see a machine that efficiently turns CO2 emissions into breathable air. We need to eliminate the smog and pollution issues we have today, and the best way to do that is to turn it into something good. Personally, I see it as possible. And I will keep looking forward to this, and many more new technologies.

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