Quantum computers: “The simulation of quantum systems is an awesome application”

According to Noah Stephens-Davidowitz

The simulation of quantum systems is an awesome application. I think it gets less hype than it deserves because it just doesn’t sound cool to say “quantum computers can simulate quantum systems.” This fact sounds trivial, boring, and/or esoteric, but it’s simply none of those things. This will likely have huge effects on society via physics, engineering, materials science, molecular biology, etc. Good popular articles about quantum computers should probably focus on this almost entirely.


“If you don’t talk to your kids about quantum computing … someone else will.”

According to Scott Aaronson

Quantum computers would not solve hard search problems
instantaneously by simply trying all the possible solutions at once.

Here’s a great cartoon explaining that