I’ve always been interested in Quantum Theory (and Mechanics) and while it’s overly dry, it has serious potential to relegate our meager existence(s), needs to one of banality just through a simple application of mathematics. This is just a random rambling, but it makes for an interesting subject over a scotch. I’ve drastically over-simplified the theories and taken some liberties in this post for the purpose of keeping it simple and legible for the random visitor to my website who gets bored easily.
Let’s take quantum computing for example. Overly complicated, but as many CFOs will tell you, the numbers don’t lie. For the purpose of this illustration, we’ll use the concept of Superposition. What is it? In the vernacular, being everywhere and everything all at once.
Consider a coin toss. It’s either heads or tails. In Superposition theory, it’s either heads, tails, or both. How can it be both? Because at any given point, the coin result can be presented as heads (or) tails, thus it’s both. (Imagine arguing this with someone who just wants to argue to argue.)
Let’s apply it to a non-binary application (one of two outcomes) where the outcome can be greater than one of two values. We can assume even a nefarious (cracker) who is interested in finding your password. A superposition enabled computer (none exists to my knowledge today) would be able to know every possible combination of any password regardless of length, character set, algorithm, etc. immediately, because it exists in every possible combination at one or multiple point(s) in time. That would effectively mean your password has been broken.
It’s not knowing your password that’s the issue; being able to identify the right password to use. Again, it’s a problem way above my paygrade, but it’s an interesting thought. Imagine a world without security where anyone could pre-suppose and derive the answer (correct and incorrect) for every problem instantaneously.
Would it be chaos or force everyone to finally just be forthcoming and honest? Makes my brain hurt just thinking about it.