The word quantum is familiar to many of us, but few dare to approach its understanding. On this World Quantum Day, the well-known platform Google took on the responsibility of making quantum knowledge more accessible to all people.
World Quantum Day is celebrated on April 14 every year. It is an initiative that encourages all scientists, engineers, Stammfeld enthusiasts and technologists to align and organize their activities on this topic. There are outreach talks, panel discussions, interviews and countless debates about quanta and their future. Google didn’t shy away from the challenge and launched a game to mark the occasion.
The game is known as The Qubit Game. It’s designed so that as a player progresses through the game, little tidbits of the quantum field and how it works are presented. You protect the qubits from heat, collect information and upgrade your system up to the supercomputer. Google hopes that this game will interest its young audience in the quantum field.
How exactly does that draw people to the field? The game does not require any knowledge of the quantum field, how it works, mathematics and physics. You don’t have to be a STEM student or scientist to navigate the game. All you need is enthusiasm!
To make the game fun and not monotonous, Google made upgrades. You start with a single qubit and wait for it to generate information. Keep a constant lookout for the heat particles as they will reset the qubit function to zero. Once the information is generated, click on the qubit and it will be saved in the overall information. Information is, so to speak, the currency of the quantum world. Once you’ve had enough of it, you can use it and get upgrades like faster qubit generation of information or a super coolant that eases your worries about the system overheating. Keep gathering information and upgrading until you have your own supercomputer!
The unique way of introducing the world to quantum mechanics is spreading like wildfire. One cannot help but ask why it is so important that we attract people to this area? How important is it to this industry that platforms like Google are actively working to get people interested in this space? Many, including giant platforms like Google, believe that quantum is the future of the world. It can help solve complex problems by stimulating hard-to-understand variables. Although opinions differ on the importance of quanta in today’s world, most agree that they can be used to spearhead a spectrum of industrial applications. It is not just limited to technological advances, but can also contribute to more efficient and renewable energy.
The game is geared towards K-12; however, it is open to the general public. Google also provides a comprehensive guide embedded in the game. If you’re interested, be sure to check it out for additional information on the Quantum Field.
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