Quantum computing: entering the Matrix

November 28, 2019

In the film the Matrix, the main character Neo is offered the choice between a red pill and a blue pill by rebel leader Morpheus. In the movie, the red pill represented an uncertain future—it would free him from the enslaving control of the machine-generated dream world and allow him to escape into the real world but living the “truth of reality” is harsher and more difficult. On the other hand, the blue pill represented a beautiful prison—it would lead him back to ignorance, living in confined comfort without want or fear within the simulated reality of the Matrix. Neo chooses the red pill.

There’s quite some buzz around quantum computing. It is a trending topic on many IT news websites. It may first sound like some science fiction ‘woo woo’. Just like the Matrix. Quantum computing opens a world of unlimited possibilities. So, how does it work?

The difference between classical computing and quantum computing is as follows: traditional computers use a memory that stores information by means of bits; each bit stands for 0 or 1 (on or off, yes or no). A quantum computer, on the other hand, uses quantum bits (qubits, or qbits). A qubit can take a 0, a 1 or a quantum superposition; the latter means that it can assume all possible values ​​(0 and 1) at the same time.

A traditional two-bit computer can store information in four possible combinations: 00, 01, 10 and 11. A quantum computer on the other hand can accept all of these combinations simultaneously. A series of thirty zeros and ones allows about a billion different combinations; a classical computer can only take one of these combinations at the same time, but a quantum computer can take them all at once and can therefore make a billion calculations in the time in which a classical computer makes one.

Taking the blue or red pill

Are you taking a leap into the Quantum field of infinite possibilities or will you rather stay in the comfort zone?

Taking the red pill and embracing disruptive innovations requires a strong vision, the will to let go of ‘old’ ways of working and to break free of the beautiful prison of legacy IT environments. The choice is yours!

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