Hey Bill Nye, ‘How Will Quantum Mechanics Change the World?’
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Hey Bill Nye, ‘How Will Quantum Mechanics Change the World?’

Hi Bill. Tom from Western Australia. If quantum
entanglement or quantum spookiness can allow us to transmit information instantaneously,
that is faster than the speed of light, how do you think this could, dare I say it, change
the world? Tom, I love you man. Thanks for the tip of
the hat there, the turn a phrase. Well, quantum entanglement changed the world. If this turns
out to be a real thing, well, or if we can take advantage of it, it seems to me the first
thing that will change is computing. We’ll be able to make computers that work extraordinarily
fast. But it carries with it, for me, this belief that we’ll be able to go back in time;
that we’ll be able to harness energy somehow from black holes and other astrophysical phenomenon
that we observe in the cosmos but not so readily here on earth. We’ll see. Tom in Western Australia,
maybe you’ll be the physicist that figures quantum entanglement out at its next level
and create practical applications. But for now, I’m not counting on it to change the
world. However, I am counting on all of us to continue to explore; to continue to building
particle accelerators; to continue to observe the cosmos; to continue to fund basic research
so we will make discoveries about quantum mechanics and the nature of nature and subatomic
particles. You were alive when the Higgs boson was proven to exist. You were alive when Italian
researchers thought they had found a phenomenon that was faster than light, but it wasn’t,
but it has led to further explorations. And so now people wonder about the next thing
in particle physics below the Higgs boson. And if that is discovered, who knows where
it will lead. But it is only through basic research that we will learn about the extraordinarily
small and the extraordinarily huge. Fabulous question Tom. Carry on! Lead the world!


  • MrRolnicek

    I'm sorry to say this, but this isn't a topic Bill understands very well. Don't take what he says very seriously in this video and do your own research. But just some basic showstoppers. No quantum phenomenon observed or predicted would suggest information transfer faster than light. Also quantum physics already changed the world, its involved in so many readily available products. On the bright side though, quantum computing will be useful in many applications, quantum research is also likely to lead to superconducting materials (at room temperature) which would make actual computing really fast and energy efficient.

  • Pezz Pezzer

    Mr. Nye, between yourself and Mr. deGrasse Tyson there may be hope for humanity…I do feel and believe there is a way to "science" our way out of many of the problems facing mankind, just need more guys from western Australia asking those type of questions. AND we need to keep building particle accelerators to continue the advancement of these discoveries.

  • FourTwentyMagic

    Sadly, has been proven one cannot use quantum entanglement to transmit information. That would break causality.

  • Jacob Dwelle

    We can't transmit information because it is highly randomized and unpredictable, which is inherent in quantum mechanics itself. In reality, it doesn't do much more than add to the overall mystery in the universe.

  • James Jacobs

    I think your wrong on this one Bill. You should inform yourself on the practical applications of quantum computers since they already exist today!

  • Joe Eoj

    I met Bill, he's a POS- this is his public face
    Bill is also wrong- he said , 'if it's true'- well they have already proven it!- What an uninformed idiot……

  • MrSnowman

    I'm happy this exists but I'm not entirely sure on how worthwhile it is to not peer review the questions.
    Since it's proven that what he's asking isn't true it's not a transfer of information it's just an observation of whats already there without any input from either party.
    Bill is entertaining the idea, and I think that may be misleading.

  • rubikfan1

    quantum entanglement might be perfect for space communication. change orbits and routs in real time instead of the delay we get now

  • alg11297

    That's good, ask the engineer about physics. You'd get better answers by watching The Big Bang Theory. Hey when they prove that evolution is science, that might change the world too right?

  • SandwhichBread

    As far as I see it quantum entanglement needs to be taken advantage of or communicating over large distances in our future will be a huge issue. Not only that it can allow instantaneous command to a Mars rover. So if something goes wrong or needs to be altered it doesn't taken x minutes to go through.

  • Fourth Root

    The question stems from a misunderstanding of quantum entanglement. It is understood that quantum entanglement can not be used to transmit information faster than light. Sorry.

  • Medical Cannabis Spain

    it wont lead to anything much, us mere mortals will be history along with the planet wayyy before any life altering wonders. In my lifetime of almost 50 fkn years now the greatest thing weve had is internet n sattelite sports lol

  • Dr. Günter Bechly

    OMG, there seems to be no quality control for science popularizers nowadays. Could somebody please shut up this embarassing know-nothing (his most wise words ever were when he said that he sucks).

    Here is a lesson for you Bill in quantum mechanics 101: Entanglement does NOT allow supraluminal transmission of information!!! Get that into your "bachelor degree in engineering" unscientific brain, or at least skim through Wikipedia before you post your ridiculuous videos and make a fool of yourself again.

    Btw: real experts in quantum computing could also explain to you that quantum computers will only be significantly faster for very specific tasks like cryptography, but will hardly boost the speed for everyday applications like text processing or image editing.

    Big Think: Please fire Bill Nye, he is totally incompetent and a disgrace for science!

  • Jeffrey Soong

    omg, i want a world where we can create controlled blackholes and harness its energy. That's crazy and fascinating at the same time

  • Quentin Mayo

    The main problem with quantum mechanics is that we represent quantum "information" input and output as normal information. Application input-> quantum application transform -> Application output is an EXTREMELY exp space hard problem. One does not just transform problem A to quantum problem B without dealing with curse of dimensional, transformation issues, etc. I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for us.

  • Carlos Gerardo Sanjuán Ciepielewski

    So… here's the thing. Bill, when you talk about quantum mechanics without knowing anything about it you sound more like Deepak Chopra than a 'science guy'.
    First, we know quantum entanglement is real. It happens when a system cannot be completely described in terms of its parts. Second, what we say about quantum entanglement depends on the kind of quantum theory we are using (perhaps this is a surprise to you, but yes, today we have more than one quantum theory and we don't know which one is correct).
    Third, the no-communication theorem rules out the possibility of using in any important way quantum entanglement to send 'information'.
    The most rational thing to do when someone asks you about something you don't know, it's to say 'I don't know'. And that's fine.

  • duhmez

    This entanglement situation keeps getting confused and I will clear it up. Entangle ment does not in any way allow for transmitting INFORMATION. Not at all. When you measure an entangled particle, sure you KNOW the state of the other particle, but you canot transmit that information to the remote observer of the partner particle faster than light and your own measurement is also not determined until measured and it is random. So no information. And due to what is called the no cloning theorem, you cannot copy an entangled system either without destroying the original system first so there is no way.

  • N.A. Brown

    I don't know but that you're asking the question means fund research. Thanks Bill. it's not Dr Nye after all is it? lol I'm riffing on the science guy dead

  • Charles Marcotte Girard

    When you don't know anything about a subject and you're asked a question about it, you have many options.

    -First, and easiest: just don't answer it. Take another question instead, about something you're more familiar with.
    -Second option: just answer truthfully. "I don't know anything about quantum mechanics, Tom. You'll have to ask someone else!".
    -Third option: read up on the subject and try to answer as best as you can. Not perfect, because you might miss some of the subtleties but you're still more likely to hit the mark.
    -Fourth: go and ask experts about it. They'll give the guy a good and accurate answer, and on the side, you might learn new things yourself!

    Somehow, the "Science Guy" chose none of the above and decided to give an answer that's absolute, utter garbage. Well done!

  • C R

    Bill Nye is completely wrong in this video. First, there is zero connection between harnessing energy from black holes and quantum mechanics. Second, quantum entanglement IS real. There have been many peer reviewed studies at this point to confirm it. I appreciate Bill's effort, but this was an edited TV show. It's not as if it were live. Bill had plenty of time to double check his answer before putting it into the final clip. No excuse for such a terrible answer.

  • Calee Davis

    Bill was simply rambling. I think he got in over his head on this interview. I simply can't trust someone that want say he doesn't know, when he doesn't know. I would like to see him try that in med school.

  • Calee Davis

    "Science" guy. LOL! Globalist sell out. Engineer, but always lecturing outside of his expertise. Quack that is always destroyed by real scientist.

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