There was a recent piece in The New Yorker, “Dream Machine: The mind-expanding world of quantum computing,” by Rivka Galchen in which she meets with David Deutsch who she dubs the founding father of quantum computing.
Yet when it comes to quantum anything, I want to know not who’s my daddy, but rather who’s my mommy?
Deutsch, who lives eccentrically on the outskirts of Oxford, applies quantum mechanics to computing; the point being to create computers much more powerful than we have now, and with much less hardware. The magic turns on creating quantum “bits” which are the basic placeholders for computing—a spot that can either be a one or a zero. Based on this simple, yes/no or positive/not-positive, construct, one can do all the “magical” things we do with computers (and none of the truly magical things that make life most worth living). In fact, if they crack the quantum code of computing, they will be able to crack the toughest, nearly impossible, math-questions that create so-called “security.” Then those with the power will know all the money and weapons secrets, I suppose, but they still won’t have a clue about how to truly live and love.