Description: Our digital age is all about bits, those precise ones and zeros that are the stuff of modern computer code.
Date: March 21, 2013
A powerful new type of computer that is about to be commercially deployed by a major American military contractor is taking computing into the strange, subatomic realm of quantum mechanics. In that infinitesimal neighborhood, common sense logic no longer seems to apply. A one can be a one, or it can be a one and a zero and everything in between — all at the same time.
It sounds preposterous, particularly to those familiar with the yes/no world of conventional computing. But academic researchers and scientists at companies like Microsoft, I.B.M. and Hewlett-Packard have been working to develop quantum computers. READ REST OF STORY
Questions for discussion:
1. What are quantum computers?
2. Why is quantum computing so much faster than traditional computers?