Quantum Buzzkill: Is the Uncertainty Principle Overrated? [Audio]
Quantum mechanics imposes no insuperable obstacle to manipulating data on atomic and subatomic levels
Many physicists have prophesied that the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, the disruptive process of decoherence, or any number of other phenomena would foil the miniaturization of electronics and the construction of quantum computers. None of these impediments has ever materialized. Quantum theory, far from imposing limits, has opened up new ways of harnessing nature and expanding our worldview.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Artur Ekert is a pioneer of quantum cryptography. He is director of the Center for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore, professor of quantum physics at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Merton College at Oxford.