Excerpt from educatinghumanity.com
“Anyone not shocked by quantum mechanics has not yet understood it.”Niels Bohr
10 Ways Quantum Physics Will Change the World
Ever want to have a “life do over”, teleport, time travel, have your computer work at lightening speed or be guaranteed of no turbulence on your next flight, while many of these things are on the horizon. Make no mistake about it, quantum physics has been around for sometime but it is just about to change all of our lives.
physics deals with the behavior of the smallest things in our universe: subatomic particles. It is a new science, only coming into its own in the early part of the 20th century, when physicists began questioning why they couldn’t explain certain radiation effects. One of those pioneering thinkers, Max Planck, used the term “quanta” for the tiny particles of energy he was studying, hence the term “quantum physics”. Planck said the amount of energy contained in an electron is not arbitrary, but is a multiple of a standard “quantum” of energy. One of the first practical uses of this knowledge led to the invention of the transistor.
1. Parallel Universes
Ever wonder what life would be like if you could travel back in time? Would you assassinate Hitler? Join the Roman legions and see the ancient world? Ask the head cheerleader to the prom? While we’ve all got fantasies of what we’d do if given the opportunity, scientists at the University of California Santa Barbara may have cleared the path to righting the wrongs of years gone by.
In a 2010 experiment, the scientists proved that an object may exist simultaneously in two different worlds. They isolated a tiny piece of metal, struck it like a tuning fork and observed that it moved and stood still at the same time. While you probably would have just racked this observation up to delirium caused by overwork, these physicists say it proves that observing an object and action splits the universe into two parts — one we can see and one we can’t. The parallel universe theory says everything freezes during observation — and then splits.
Scientists are trying to figure out how to jump at the moment of that split from the world we will enter into the one we won’t. This parallel universe time travel theory should work, scientists say, because quantum particles move backward and forward through time . Now, all scientists have to do is build a time-bending machine using these quantum particles.
3. Quantum cryptography
Encoding messages inside an individual particle of light, or photon, has long been the goal of quantum cryptographers. That method seems to be just at hand, as scientists at the University of Toronto have worked with a method fast enough to encode a video . Cryptography involves a string of ones and zeros called the “key.” Adding the key once encodes the information, adding it again decodes it. If an unauthorized person manages to obtain the key, the code can be cracked. But in quantum key distribution, the very act of using the key would reveal the hacker’s presence.
5. The God Particle
According to some physicists who have tested Bell’s inequality, reality is based on the observer effect, which could explain the power of shamanistic healing and the interaction between the reality of local space-time and human consciousness. As far back as 1998, controlled experiments have demonstrated the effect of observation on particles .
7. Quantum Dots
While high-tech science certainly is responsible for many medical breakthroughs, man was dependent on other means of fighting illness for centuries.
Processing information through circuits with spintronics would allow information to be carried in two directions at once, further reducing the size of electronic circuits . This new material injects electrons into the semiconductor based on their spin orientation. The electrons travel through the semiconductor and are ready to be a spin detector on the other side. Scientists say the new semiconductor can work at room temperature and is optically transparent, meaning it could work with touch screens and solar cells. They are also optimistic that it will enable inventors to come up with even more multi-functional devices.
9. Turbulence Control
Turbulence is caused by swirls in a gas or liquid, and in nature occurs in a chaotic manner, seemingly without rhyme or reason . While turbulence can form in air and in water, physicists have discovered it can also form in ultra-cold atom gases and superfluid helium. By studying turbulence in a controlled method in the lab, scientists may one day be able to predict and perhaps control it in nature.