Today, my brother posted a video of the (
possibly probably) overrated Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. In a press conference he is asked to explain the potential benefits of quantum computing - no doubt a question the journalist felt confident would lead to embarrassment or Conway-like dodging of the question.2
Instead, Trudeau explained the differences in a very accurate and succinct manner.
It’s quite good, if I may say so to my former self, though there are a handful of incomplete thoughts. ↩︎
Ok, to be fair, the journalist said he “was going to ask” about quantum computing, but apparently isn’t that sinister. Fortunately, Trudeau is smart and ballsy enough to answer the unasked question. ↩︎
Some may ask 1, “Does it really matter if a president understands quantum computing? If they understand basic math, that should be enough.”
I don’t think it’s required, but it certainly matters. A leader who is educated and understands science is much more likely to make decisions based on reality rather than belief, fear, or dogma.
It’s a cultural issue, as well - an elected leader reflects their electorate. Trudeau reflects a culture that values knowledge and science literacy. Unfortunately, this is something the US has been losing over the past few decades, as explained in this article summarizing a recent talk by my favorite black physicist: Neil deGrasse Tyson Addresses the Current Scientific Illiteracy Crisis