In science, we used to say that quantum mechanics was the physics of atoms and molecules, because that’s the realm where it was first discovered and where its effects are most pronounced.
All of that is changing now.
Beyond the hype around a “second quantum revolution” lies an enormous effort by engineers, physicists, chemists and computer scientists to create fundamentally new applications in computing, communications and sensing. And together we are harnessing quantum mechanics into larger and larger systems — actual technologies — to solve some of the world’s most complex problems.
I'm Prof. Andrew Houck, and for this year's World Quantum Day, I'm opening the Reddit floor for questions large and small. My goal is to help demystify and re-weird quantum science.
So—what do you want to know?