Quantum computing is now a very real possibility; one that will likely be realized sooner rather than later. For years, CERNhas even expressed a deep interest in utilizing quantum computing to analyze the massive amount of information the LHCproduces. Back in February of 2006, CERN released a bulletin about an upcoming conference that would explore the potential of quantum computing.1
Quantum computing uses the strange behavior of certain subatomic particles to achieve the impossible. This behavior is known as “quantum entanglement“. As of now, quantum entanglement is a complete mystery. When two particles are entangled, they have the ability to communicate with one another at instantaneous speeds; even faster than the speed of light. This is thought to be physically impossible because of all the paradoxes FTL (faster than light) speed is supposed to cause. For example, the closer one accelerates to the speed of light, the slower time moves for the traveler. At the point the traveler reaches the speed of light, time literally stops. If somehow the traveler could accelerate even faster, time would begin running backwards. There is also the problem of mass: the closer an object comes to the speed of light, the more mass it gains. To reach the speed of light, an object would have infinite mass, which of course is physically impossible. Photons, the particles of light, are massless by nature which is how thy can travel at such in incredible speed.