Quantum computing is something that computer
scientist hope to have working in the near future,
but they realize that it will be very difficult.
Basically, quantum computing will allow for very
fast calculations because these quantum computers
can perform many operations at once, while
conventional computers are limited to performing
one operation at a time for each
I don't want to say any more
than I have because it is easy to understand that
quantum computers will work by performing many
operations at once, but it is very difficult to
understand the details of how they might work. If
you are feeling adventurous, you might look at the
June 1998 issue of Scientific American for an
article on quantum computing.
As a last
note, I should mention that some scientists think
that the human brain is a quantum computer. One
famous scientist, Roger Penrose, wrote a book
called "The Emperor's New Mind" which examined
this theory. Recently, other scientist have
published convincing articles which claim that the
brain is not a quantum computer.
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