It will probably be another few months until I finish researching this topic and the breakthroughs and issues that it is presenting, but I wanted to share a few early notes to give some sort of indication of where my head is all this. Personally, I think it's clear that Quantum Mechanics is going to be a far greater disruption to the world than digitization or classical mechanics. To show just how spooky this is, I wanted to share a brief illustration as it relates to computing. --+-- "Nature isn't classical, dammit, and if you want to make a simulation of nature, you'd better make it quantum mechanical, and by golly it's a wonderful problem, because it doesn't look so easy." - Richard Feynman, Theoretical Physicist, 1982. --+-- Classical computing has limitations due to the size of transistors and the way transistors work. Essentially a transistor is an on/off switch, or a gate, and the fundamental building block of binary computing. It's either 1 or 0, on or off, low or high energy. This works great for many problems, but can't begin to solve some of the simplest of problems related to nature, like the sizes of bonds or probabilities. This is because to solve these "natural" problems it would require more memory and smaller transistors than we'd ever begin to be able to create. And this requirement for "smaller and more" results because natural complexity occurs exponentially. This is a simplification to keep the topic approachable. This known mathematical characteristic (of exponential complexity) is used in encryption. Because of the way that encryption occurs, and the two keys required (e.g. your password and the bank's), it would take a modern supercomputer thousands X thousands of years to break modern encryption via random guesses and probability. Of course, it would likely "get lucky" and find the correct keys before getting to the end of all possibilities, but most likely you and the bank would changed your passwords (and thus keys), by that time. Quantum Computers allow for exponential complexity in the way their natural mechanics function. I will explain how later, mainly because I don't want to blow your heads up just yet. But here's the net result. If it would take millions of years for a classical supercomputer to break modern bank encryption, how long do you think it would take a quantum computer? Well, a 50 qubit (50 quantum bits) quantum computer could do the same calculation in about 100 seconds. This is the power of exponential computing vs binary. A 100 qubit quantum computer is far more powerful than every single supercomputer in the world combined. Google has built a computer that is 72 qubits, but like the rest, is still far away from being able to deploy it sufficiently (the math hasn't caught up with the tech). It's like tossing the keys of a Ferrari to a caveman. We're still sitting in the drivers seat (we think), and just figured out how to turn the key. We don't know how to change gears or turn the wheel, but we'll figure it out faster than you think. Another visualization is that we're in the ENIAC stage of quantum computing if you remember those old calculation machines and punch cards from decades ago. If you aren't terrified yet, you should be. Not only has signals & information security been wiped out globally in just the past few years (theoretically), but the applied sciences are just now learning how to actually deploy this technology practically and there's going to be far more disruption emerging once we learn how to "decouple" from classical computing altogether. Think of classical computing and Moore's Law as a doubling of information and computing power that takes place every so often, and think of Quantum Computing as a exponential growth over the square root of the same time frame. It's happening far faster with much greater leaps than the world is prepared for. I'll try to drop some notes on the some of the other research and illustrations as I get time. I'll hit on the Higgs boson, how quantum is different from classical, string theory, the dimensions of this universe (e.g. superstring theory has 10 dimensions aside from the 4 we all know - height, width, length, time), CERN, "quantum portals," and the cosmological/astronomical implications. I'm circling back on the paganism some today, and as I come across some of the modern pagan influences on Christianity I'll reference this thread, because yes, there are people talking out the side of their head about "quantum prayer" and blindly spiritualizing the other dimensions. Feel free share what you've learned or hear, and ask questions or discuss if you'd like. This is a philosophical discussion as much as a scientific one, as thinking about things in terms of quantum mechanics vs classical mechanics is a totally different way of thinking for most of us. Be patient with it, as it's much like learning a new language.