The title quotes my character Fausta quoting Shinobu Oshino. It’s just an odd laugh. It’s the odd laugh I just had as I was making myself older about quantum computing, a subject I understand as well as I do women. The laugh came when I got to the end of the wiki and hit this line:
“It has been speculated that theories of quantum gravity, such as M-theory or loop quantum gravity, may allow even faster computers to be built. Currently, defining computation in such theories is an open problem due to the problem of time, i.e., there currently exists no obvious way to describe what it means for an observer to submit input to a computer and later receive output.”
So, to my feeble mind, the “problem of time” is that between observer-computer-observer. How to get all those Schrodinger’s cat scratches off of your face, essentially. I laughed when I realized I’d solved the problem – from a story standpoint – prior to even knowing a problem was there. And if that’s not quantum computing, I don’t know what is.
Oh, the solution? Make the observer and the computer the same.
Episode 13 seen; will post tomorrow! Cheerio!