When a journalist jokingly asked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to explain quantum computing at a press conference at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, the prime minister was nothing short of impressive.
“Very simply…,” Trudeau began speaking, “normal computers work, either there’s power going through a wire or not—a one, or a zero. They’re binary systems.” This elicited a round of applause. “What quantum states allow for is much more complex information to be encoded into a single bit…a quantum state can be much more complex than that, because as we know, things can be both particle and wave at the same time.”
Trudeau announced $50 million in funding to Perimeter Institute for its research in fundamental physics, which includes quantum computing. The institute is one of only a few that constitutes Canada’s Quantum Valley.
Trudeau’s response received a standing ovation from the crowd of media personnel, physicists and students. But while the prime minister’s response to the journalist’s question was remarkably impressive, it also implicitly speaks how little is expected from political leaders regarding the world of science, Gizmodo noted.
Quantum physics and its theories have existed for a long time – it was conclusively established in 1964, according to Fortune. Many mediums of technology, including hard drives, LEDS and laser, depend on the theories of quantum physics.
Trudeau received a warm welcome by the teenagers attending the Institute’s annual Inspiring Future Women in Science Conference. Cosmologist Stephen Hawking has also sent his greetings via a video message. Trudeau said he was “incredibly overwhelmed” by messages sent from Hawking, who is also a Distinguished Visiting Research Chair at the institute.
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