by Sam Andrews
Unless you've been living underneath a large boulder, you have probably heard of Elon Musk. Founder, lead designer, and CEO of SpaceX, Co-founder and CEO of Tesla, Co-Founder and CEO of Neuralink, CEO of The Boring Company, Chairman of SolarCity, the list goes on. Elon Musk is possibly the greatest leader of the technology industry that is alive and working today. If his long list of influential businesses isn't enough to convince you that Elon Musk is incredible, than perhaps his extra-terrestrial escapades will convince you.
When NASA ended the Space Shuttle program in 2011, the transport of American astronauts into pace fell upon (and still largely relies upon) the Russian space program.
This indebts the U.S to Russia, both morally and financially. The same fate also befell the transportation of goods into space or a significant period of time. It was only when the U.S. began to call upon corporations like Boeing and SpaceX that this relationship between the two countries changed. Musk spearheaded the corporate transportation of goods into space, and in just a few years, he has been able to further the world’s ability in space technology, even successfully designing reusable rockets, something that worldwide space agencies have been dreaming of for decades.
I believe that I am speaking for the majority of the world when I say that this man deserves our utmost respect, and yet I do not believe that we as a people are giving him that. I believe that the people of the world have been strongly disrespectful to Mr. Musk, and the worst part is that most people don't even know it. Mr. Musk has recently launched the Falcon Heavy Rocket, which is the most powerful of our time, and is planning on testing the even larger “Big Falcon Rocket” in 2019, and yet no one even has the respect to call these rockets by their name, they always say FH or BFR.
The entire point of naming “Big Falcon Rocket” isn't because the word "falcon" is awesome (although it is)—it’s because falcon sounds like [a certain expletive]! The heaviest rocket of all time is (expletive) heavy! The biggest rocket of all time is (expletive) big! Say it out loud! Say “I’m a falcon idiot if I call The Big Falcon Rocket the BFR!”
“Now, I know what you're thinking, but Sam, what if I didn't know that I was being terrible!” Well that's actually not your fault, but you know whose fault it is? It’s the fault of the public: everyone who did know and chose to continue down their evil path anyway, anyone and everyone who chose to spread their ignorance. Elon Musk is a super genius who is pushing humanity into space even when the very people meant to lead us have given up, and we can't even let him have his joke, we can’t even show him the littlest bit of gratitude, if you knowingly do this, then you are what's wrong with the world, if you don't want to be an ingrateful bucket of slime, join the revolution! Show some gratitude! Call the Big Falcon Rocket by its name, and be Falcon wonderful.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you've probably heard of something called binary. Binary is (essentially) the basic language computers think in. A normal processor inside of a computer is made up of transistors. A transistor is a small grouping of atoms that can either have a positive or a negative charge. Thus, a computer thinks in binary (either positive or negative) charges.
In the past few years, there has been an effort to create a quantum computer. A quantum computer's processor is not made up of transistors but instead of qubits. A qubit can be a one or a zero like a normal transistor, but it can also be in something called a superposition. In other words, it can be in a state that is neither one or zero but is also both at the same time.
A quantum computer can do certain calculations (such as calculating prime numbers) that a normal computer cannot do. Another property of quantum processors is that due to the nature of the qubits and how they interact with each other, whenever you add another qubit to the system, the speed of the computer doubles. In theory, a quantum processor that consists of three hundred qubits would be more powerful than all of the working computers in the world right now.
In the quest for the first quantum computer, Google has now beat the competition. Let's start with some background information. By the end of last year, Google successfully created a 49-qubit quantum computer. Only four months into 2018, they have already outmatched themselves. Recently, Alphabet Inc., the owner of Google, unveiled that they successfully created a 72-qubit quantum processor. That means that we have taken a much closer step to making quantum computers faster than normal computers, otherwise known as the quantum supremacy.
So, what are the implications of this? Well, experts have stated that there will probably not be a world where everyone's computers run on qubits, as they are just too fragile. Another implication is on the topic of encryption. Right now, the easiest way to break an encryption in a computer without actually having a key is to keep trying different keys really fast. A quantum computer could, in theory, try every encryption at once.
So, does a quantum computer affect you? Yes. Is it a good or a bad thing? I would say good because we can use the technology to better understand our universe. Who knows, maybe there will be yet another breakthrough in the field.