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Einstein's Spooky Action is bottled. Will it lead to quantum entanglement computers?

Asked by ETpro (34550points) February 23rd, 2010

PopSci reports: “A group of scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently came a step closer to figuring out where the boundary lies between the quantum and classical physical worlds, and their discovery has big implications for the future of quantum computers— which would have much faster and more powerful processors than our computers do today.”

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ragingloli's avatar

We already have quantum computers.Sure they can only do some basic mathematical operations, but they do exist.

stump's avatar

That sounds really cool. It also sounds like it could lead to Star Trek like ‘subspace’ communication. Go Scientists!!!

mattbrowne's avatar

How should quantum entanglement transmit information?

CMaz's avatar

It sounds good.

I believe the variables that go into a quantum entanglement need environmental input to accomplish.

Like a baby becoming an adult and all the stimulus that brings it to that point.
So unless you want to take you computer for walks, have it join the Scouts and let it go to the prom.

No.

stump's avatar

@mattbrowne If an entangled particle reacts to it’s partner at a distance, could a message be sent by ‘tapping’ on one particle to a receiver at the other particle? Does the distance effect the entanglement? Could one particle be 10 lightyears away from the other? I don’t know anything about quantum physics. That is just what came to mind while reading the article.

ETpro's avatar

@stump Yes, entangled particles react to one another. The distance in space-time is irrelevant.

mattbrowne's avatar

@stump – Distance doesn’t seem to matter. 10 million light years works too. Kind of tough though to set up an experiment. I know this guy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Zeilinger does a lot of experiments.

stump's avatar

@mattbrowne @ETpro Very cool. Interstellar telephones are just around the corner.

ETpro's avatar

@stump Right, even Star Trek’s subspace messages took a bit of time to travel light years.

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