According to experts, one day quantum computers will be able to perform incredible calculations and almost unfathomable logical feats. We know that in the near future they will help us discover new drugs to fight disease and new materials to build. However, the future potential for these enigmatic machines is as great as the universe itself.
The realm of classic science fiction is littered with ideas that today’s experts believe are in the realm of reality – if not today’s reality, then perhaps tomorrow’s quantum computer-laden reality. One of these ideas comes straight from a Paul Verhoeven film over thirty years ago: Total Recall.
In fairness, the film (we’re talking about the 1990 film starring the former California governor, not the 2012 remake) is based on a short story by Phillip K Dick. For the purposes of this article, however, we will discuss the portrayal of “Rekall” in the film, a mysterious company portrayed in the film.
Rekall is a fictional company that puts people to sleep and gives them artificial memories. The big idea is that not everyone has the time or money to take a fancy vacation to an exotic location like Mars. So Rekall has a machine to help you remember a trip you never took.
The protagonist of the film, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger at his camp, fantastic, best of all, visits the Rekall facility and finds himself in a world full of intrigue, in which he is never quite sure whether he is experiencing the basic reality or is just stuck in a computer . generated memory.
Join the club, governor. People in general, it is often postulated by quantum physicists, cannot be entirely sure whether we are living in the basic reality or only in a tunnel vision version that offers our limited perspective. Maybe we’re in a computer simulation. Perhaps we only exist in the dreams of a turtle floating in space.
The fact is, reality, in one way or another, boils down to what our brains believe. And that makes the idea of changing our memories, and thus our realities, all the more attractive – or more terrifying, depending on how you look at it.
The film doesn’t fully explain how this is achieved, but it’s obvious that the folks at Rekall managed to get read / write access to the human brain. I think we can assume that this has to do with quantum biophotons.
Current research on the brain shows that biophotons play a major role in the communication between the brain and itself and possibly all cells in the human body. Scientists from Roger Penrose (Stephen Hawking’s longtime research partner) to two physicists published in the current issue of Physics World have postulated that light is the language of quantum mechanics.
In theory, this means that manipulating light should be useful in sending and decoding signals to and from the human brain. If we can speak the language of the brain by finding a way to put artificial biophotonics into the “microtubules” that some scientists believe the quantum universe exchanges information, we can potentially hijack the signal and tell our brain that we are supposed to believe what we want to.
Perhaps you’re writing some light-based code that will tell your brain that you had a great vacation on Mars last month. Or maybe your brain is being fed the lie that you are a normal person on earth reading a story about quantum mechanics on neural when in reality you are a prisoner of a distant space colony used as a living battery.
Either way, it takes more than a conventional supercomputer and flashlight to take it off. Assuming that the human brain is recalling memories instead of storing them (because quantum data cannot be copied), we cannot simply copy / paste data. We would have to convey the actual experience to our brain through light-based quantum manipulation. And for that we will almost certainly need a quantum computing machine and some incredibly adaptive quantum algorithms.
Published on January 26, 2021 – 23:45 UTC