QUBITS * AND THE
CHANGING FACE OF INFORMATION *
The idea behind this project is to think about how the rise of quantum
computing will effect the way that artists visualize digital information
as well as the way that society thinks about computers and digital spaces.
What is quantum computing?
"A fundamentally new mode
of information processing that can be performed only by harnessing physical
phenomena unique to quantum
mechanics (especially quantum interference). "
"Today, the bit is king. A conventional computer is just a series of
hundreds of millions of switches whose on and off positions represent the
values 1 and 0. And every operation a computer performs, whether calculating
your waiter's tip or simulating the explosion of a nuclear warhead, comes
down to a series of actions that flick those switches from 0 to 1 and back
Familiar stuff. But in a Q[uantum] C[omputer], the bit is upgraded to a
quantum bit, or qubit, that doesn't need to choose between 1 and 0. It can
be both at once. As a result, a memory array of n qubits can represent
every number between 1 and 2n simultaneously."
This new kind of thinking about information is already occurring in simulators
even though large scale quantum computers are not available.
"Since there is not yet
a physical quantum computer of any significant size, a simulator allows
for the development of quantum algorithms without such a machine at hand."
Why is this important?
This is a chart I found online
portraying information. It looks like a computer motherboard. This
chart shows the influence that our perceptions of the digital world has
on how we visualize and display information. Post QC I think this
notion will change. We won't think of connections in terms of line
of copper or cables but as encompassing spheres. The notion that allows
for molecules to effect one another instantaneously is called "entanglement"
for a very good reason. In side the QC's of the future electronic
components won't be connected; they will be entangled. This will change
how we visualize information; perhaps ideas will be represented over lapping
or absent the neat and tidy boxes that current system designs create.
INFORMATION SUPER HIGHWAY. WEB SURFING. CYBER SPACE.
Computers and digital information have been subject to a variety of comparisons
and personifications. One of the most elaborate visualizations of
the digital world to ever be done was conducted by Mainframe Entertainment
in their computer animated television show ReBoot!
ReBoot focused on the lives and loves of the sprites of Mainframe, a digital
city inside a personal computer. It brought to life characters like
sprites, search engines, viruses and even binary numerals. The image
of Mainframe City (above) is once again related to a motherboard or layout
of a computer chip. The city floats out in cyber space, which is presented
as empty space without limit. Since in a QC qubits are molecules floating
in a liquid the notion of cyber space will be replaced with a "cyber ocean".
The mainframe of the future could very well be closer to a coral reef
than an urban metropolis.
[Mainframe Up close]
Future face of digital.
Computer Systems Cohabitate a Cyber Ocean
I painted this in water colors to represent how i view the future of visualizing
digital information. Computer systems are no longer a series of boxes
but nebulous clouds of information. The system no longer allows for
metaphors like building or highways.