WATERLOO, Ontario (CBSNewYork/AP)– A video of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showing off his geek side by nailing a reporter’s question about quantum computing is going viral.
Making a funding announcement Friday at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, Trudeau dared reporters to ask him about how quantum computing works.READ MORE: NYPD: Delivery Worker Stabbed To Death, E-Bike Stolen Near Sara D. Roosevelt Park
One reporter took the bait and Trudeau responded with a mini-lesson. The former teacher explained that a regular computer is a binary system, with a bit being “either a one or a zero, on or off,” whereas a quantum state can be much more complex. He continued, “things can be both particle and waves” and the uncertainty around quantum states allows more information to be encoded into a much smaller computer.READ MORE: Gabby Petito Foundation Holds Fundraiser On Long Island
And that, he added to laughter and applause, is “what’s exciting about quantum computing.”
The video has been viewed over 6 million times on Facebook and has more than 70,000 likes.MORE NEWS: Police: Suspect In Killing Of New Rochelle Taxi Driver Taken Into Custody After Shootout In Brooklyn
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