Play With Real Atoms!

Video game strategies may have given quantum researchers a new insight into a crucial problem facing quantum computing, according to a new article in Nature. The research focused on a game called Quantum Moves, which is designed to mimic neutral atoms in an optical lattice. Facing a time limit, players have to transport a quantity of sloshing quantum material into a designated zone without running into obstacles or spilling the material.

Like any good game, the optimal strategy isn’t immediately clear. Should you move slow and steady? Or move in small enough jumps that the material isn’t disturbed?

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