Canadian Prime Minister and part-time viral video star, Justin Trudeau surprised a room full of scientists and journalists at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics by nailing a shortexplanation of quantum computing.
At a press conference at the renowned theoretical physics institution on Friday, a reporter jokingly said, I was going to ask you to explain quantum computers, but and went on to ask about Canadas foreign policy on the so-called Islamic State.
Not thrown off by the ever-so-slightly sarcastic remark, Trudeau rose to the occasion and went on to give a simple yet clear explanation of quantum computing, to which the room erupted withapplause.
Trudeau concluded his mini-lecture by saying,Dont get me going on this or well be here all day. Trust me.
No doubt Trudeau has an ensemble of PR-types ready to help him prepare for such questions, especially if youre going to an institution known for its work on quantum mechanics and computing (although having both beena math teacher and studied engineering before becoming PM probably helped). But many have praised the clarity, confidence, and genuine interest shown in answering the question. And hey, as off-the-cuff explanations go, its a pretty good one.
So, if the idea of quantum computers still gives you a headache, here you go: