Quantum Computing for Stoners part 1

Steven M.:Hey, let's give this a try. Hey everybody. Welcome to the first edition of the Quantum Computing for whatever you are. My name's Steven Michalove, I'm no mathematician. So I hope you don't mind that, but if you are a math nerd, and I make a mistake, let me know. Let me know my mistakes. So why am I talking about quantum computing today, and why is it important? To answer those questions, you really have to understand how we got to where we are with computers. So let's start there.

So others see stoners sitting around a river. One guy said, "Hey, I'll trade you one rock for another rock." Ha, and all of a sudden, he started using rocks to count with, and then ooh, wow, a bunch of years went by, and we had money, and we had abacuses, and we had all kinds of things. No spreadsheets yet, but we had mechanical calculators, you know, all that shit. Anyway, so the code breakers realized that those rocks were the same as ones and zeros, and by then, we had already started using vacuum tubes, and we knew that ones are in zeros, are creatable with vacuum tubes or even gears.

So Trey and his friends converted those rocks to numbers. For example, the letter A might mean the letter one, number one, et cetera, you get the idea. Well once you have rocks, you can take away rocks, or you can add a rocks, right? That means you can add, you can subtract, oh wow, all of a sudden, we have modern computers. You know, when I first started this computer stuff, we used paper tape. We didn't have chips and discs and things, we used paper tape with holes. Remember the ones and zeros I'm talking about?

Well, in the real world, down where the electrons flow, deep, deep, deep, deep down in that area, those ones and zeros are really just square waves with sines and cosines of directions, flatness, undetectable clocks so we know where up and down is. Once you know where up and down is, you can use a clock and square waves. And then in the side your processor, you've got all these fucking scare waves. Yeah, they're really scary at this point. They're square and scary. Ha, ha, ha.

Okay, so that's regular computers, right? And without the water, really cool, cool math and code compensate for the weaknesses in our computing environment today. But done simply, that's not that great. If you take a really big number called large ordinal sets, let's say the number of atoms in the universe, that's a large ordinal set, right? Well if you had two of those, and you subtracted one from the other, what do you get? Ha. Yeah, zero.

So you're starting to get the idea of doing math with big, big numbers. So let's say we wanted to take, I don't know, let's say the number 215, factorize it, then we're at about the number of atoms in the universe. Well, let's take all of the computers on the planet and start calculating that number. It'd probably take about 64, 70 years, but huh, let's use a quantum computer to do the same thing. Ah, wait, we're done already. Ha. It only took a second. What? It only took a second? Seriously? Okay. That's rad.

I think I better take another hit after that one. That took one second to calculate a number as large as all the atoms in the universe? That is really cool. So why the fuck does it matter? I tell you why it matters, because that is the way the universe works. If you take a molecule with let's say an organic chain molecule of 400,000 connections, which complex proteins can easily present, and then you want to combine it with another piece of protein with another 416,000 connections. He's talking about lots of big fucking numbers, right? So that's what quantum computing could do. But what about other applications?

Let me tell you about the bad ones too, for a second. No wait, let's talk about solving all hard genetical problems with diseases like Huntington's, like genetic anomalies in cancer cells. Can you imaging taking every cell, computing the entire organic chain connection of every single service molecule of the whole cell? And you could do this in a day? And then create counter measures against that cell. No one would have to die anymore. No one would like have to be like my grandniece, Bea, who died from a rare form of cancer. We have to do this. We have to solve this problem. That's why quantum computing matters. So let's talk a minute about the things that can be used, the threat, around quantum computing as well. We'll do that in the next podcast. I guess I turned it up a little too high. Here we go.