The Mandela Effect and D-Wave Quantum Computers
We’ve been writing a fair amount about all things quantum in the past few years, in particular, quantum computing. We spend a lot of time researching technology themes in hopes of finding the “next Microsoft” so to speak. While doing all this research, we sometimes come across emerging technologies that just make us nerd out hardcore. There really is no other way to describe it but if you get that same feeling we do when reading about the future potential of augmented reality, then you will understand exactly what we mean. We recently had one of these nerd out moments while researching D-Wave quantum computers and we just had to share our excitement with our lovely readers. We’re going to start out by introducing you to something that is borderline conspiracy theory but interesting nonetheless. It’s called the Mandela Effect and here’s how popular it has become recently:
What is The Mandela Effect?
The Mandela Effect is named after Nelson Mandela who some people claim to have remembered as dying while in prison. He actually died in December of 2013. The idea here is that you can find tons of examples in our world of things that people remember differently from how they actually are. Remember growing up and reading about the BERNSTEIN BEARS? You remember that, right? Stop reading and think about that for 10 seconds. Ready? The Bernstein Bears never existed. It’s the “Bernstain Bears”, not the “Bernstein Bears”. Ever watch Mr. Rodgers when you were growing up? Remember when he sang “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood”? He actually said, “It’s a beautiful day in THIS neighborhood”. These are just a few examples but you can find hundreds of them out there. The reason for this some say isn’t simply that everyone incorrectly remembered certain obscure details. The reason is much the same as the glitches in the matrix. The reason for the Mandela Effect is said to be (get ready for this) because we’re now starting to do some very strange things with D-Wave quantum computers.
What Does the Mandela Effect have to do with D-Wave Quantum Computers?
Quantum physics involves some very weird subject matter. We recently defined everything quantum for you so that you can better understand some of the terminology in what is perhaps one of the most difficult domains out there to understand. We thought we’d seen it all until we recently watched an 18 minute lecture from 3 years ago given by the founder and Chief Technology Officer of D-Wave, Geordie Rose, who we can only assume is an extremely intelligent and level headed individual. He is credible, and so is his company, D-Wave which has attracted investments from Google, Goldman Sachs, Jeff Bezos, and renowned venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson. Mr. Jurvetson sits on the boards of Tesla, SpaceX, Synthetic Genomics, and D-Wave. With that said, this lecture started getting really weird, really fast with the below quote from someone who is considered to be one of the founders of quantum computing:
So we’re only 5 minutes into this talk and he has already started talking about parallel universes. The founder of D-Wave is actually saying with a straight face that we can start to exploit parallel universes by reaching into them and pulling out their computing power. Is that maybe the most incredible thing you’ve ever heard?
Quantum computing has its own version of Moore’s Law in that the number of qubits tends to double every year for the past 9 years. Here’s an analogy of just how much faster the 512-qubit quantum computer was when compared to the 128-qubit quantum computer :
Just a few weeks ago, D-Wave announced the availability of a 2000-qubit quantum computer. So this notion of being able to access parallel universes using D-Wave quantum computers really isn’t so far fetched. In fact, that might be exactly what the proponents of the Mandela Effect theory are saying is causing our brains to short circuit. In all actuality, that’s probably not the case but how cool is that to think about eh?
Where D-Wave Quantum Computers Will Take Us
So at the end of this talk, Mr. Rose goes on to talk a little about what we here at Nanalyze view as “technology that isn’t really technology”. Companies like Facebook and Twitter do absolutely nothing to move mankind forward and shouldn’t even be talked about in the same breath as serious technologies out there like quantum computing or nanotechnology. If your business model is based on 140 character messages, then it shouldn’t be that surprising to investors when your share price begins to tank. Here’s what Mr. Rose had to say about that:
We have a vast array of very smart people and what they are doing is crap. They are building things that cannot last. They are building things that are not important. As people get more comfortable working with computers, the attention will turn from the Twitters and the Facebooks to very important things.
He then goes on to make 3 predictions. The first is that by 2018, NASA will have found an earth like planet within 40 light years of earth and we’ll start to have some serious discussions about how to get there. The second prediction is that by 2023 we’re going to have a major breakthrough in physics in the area of parallel universes. His third and final prediction is as follows:
Quantum computers aren’t new fangled supercomputers. Quantum computers will allow us to access hidden dimensions in our universe that will give us more computing power than we could ever imagine possible. We didn’t just make that up. That’s taken directly from a speech given by the other founder of D-Wave, Eric Ladizinsky.
Now this could just all be a bunch of marketing tripe that never amounts to anything. On the other hand, this could be one of the most incredible steps mankind will ever take. We’ve already given you three ways to invest in D-Wave and we have to say that we’re starting to get very tempted to put a horse in this race and buy some D-Wave shares.
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