Roger M. Kaye
A retired physicist reinvented as thriller novels writer

It Doesn’t Compute

My Quantum Computer at Work (Image Free for Use from Pixabay)

In the last few days, there has been much written about quantum computing. A brief look at some of the articles explaining this complex concept is enough to show that most of the writers have no idea what they are talking about.

I have a quantum mechanical tool – a pencil. When it is in my hand, it has, as any good binary system should, two states, writing and not writing. But when it is lying on the table and I shut my eyes, it is in a third state, neither writing nor not writing.

Borrowing from my Chinese rivals in the quantum computing race, my computing system is completed with a super-high memory consisting of a pad of rice paper. No unsafe ‘Delete’ button, easily defeated with ‘Undelete’, just a simple ‘Chew and Swallow’ feature. No leaked information from me.

Readers who are following carefully will have noticed that I too have no idea what I am talking about. But this is no reason for me to stop.

We are told, by the “experts”, of the implications of quantum computing. It will change the way we use the communication industry, or rather how the communication industry uses us.
It will, of course impact every aspect of our lives, our health, finances, and the sources and use of energy. I could write pages about quantum computing and global warming, but I will save that for another blog.

The new technology has the power to make a new world order. Military, economic and technological powers in today’s world may find themselves relegated to the third world.

We, in Israel, have been involved in quantum computing almost from the start but are beginning to run into that most quantum of problems – money. This is a classic binary object, either you have it, or you don’t.

A sum of NIS 1.4 billion has been approved but not yet allocated. The odd election or two, together with the coronavirus, is taking precedence.

Finally, we come to the point of this blog. My quantum mechanical pencil and a pad of rice paper are available at a fraction of the cost. I offer them, together with full operating instructions, for just 150 Shekels.

And so, dear Government, time for a quantum leap into the unknown. I am giving you a binary choice – take it or leave it.

About the Author
The author has been living in Rehovot since making Aliya in 1970. A retired physicist, he divides his time between writing adventure novels, getting his sometimes unorthodox views on the world into print, and working in his garden. An enthusiastic skier and world traveller, the author has visited many countries. His first novels "Snow Job - a Len Palmer Mystery" and "Not My Job – a Second Len Palmer Mystery" are published for Amazon Kindle. The author is currently working on the third Len Palmer Mystery - "Do Your Job".