How To Get Better At Quantum Computing: Make A Game Of It
Researchers gave internet users games that simulate quantum physics experiments, and internet users gave the researchers more elegant solutions.By Evan Thomas | April 13, 2016
Quantum physics is hard. Building a quantum computer — the long-sought next step in computing that uses handfuls of atoms — is its own special brand of hard.
Scientists are experimenting with putting single atoms into a tiny lattice, but it requires a laser-precise touch and a quick hand. Shuffle the atoms too quickly or too slowly and it won't work, and the mathematical models scientists use aren't great at solving the problem.
So physics researchers in Denmark made a game out of it. In "Bring Home Water," players have to strike the fast/slow balance themselves.