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Winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Washington DC Independent Film Festival 2010.
Winner of the prestigious Prix Audace at the Pariscience Festival 2009. The award is given to the film showing the most originality in it's subject matter and treatment.
From deep inside the sewers of Vienna—site of groundbreaking quantum teleportation experiments (and location of the 1949 thriller The Third Man¬)—to cutting-edge quantum computing labs, to voyages into the minds of the world’s brightest thinkers, including renowned British scientist Stephen Hawking, The Quantum Tamers: Revealing Our Weird & Wired Future explores the coming quantum technological revolution.
Since the dawn of civilization, all human innovations have evolved in a similar pattern: first we observe nature; then we understand it; then we tame and exploit it to our advantage. Take fire as an example: early humans observed it when lightning struck and ignited parched forests. Over time, inventors learned to understand and control it, ultimately harnessing fire to power the steam engines, railways, and automobiles that changed the face of our industrial and cultural landscape in ways those early humans could not have imagined.
In the early part of the last century, scientists began to observe very strange behaviours at the level of mere atoms and subatomic particles. They discovered that particles could be waves, that waves could be particles, and that particles could appear to be in two places at the same time. Scientists also found that particles could become entangled, such that a change made to one would result in an immediate change in the other, regardless of whether the particles were an arm’s length apart or separated by light years. Albert Einstein called this quantum weirdness spooky action at a distance.
Though these behaviours still puzzle scientists, their quantum features have already brought us lasers, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging in health care (MRIs), modern micro-circuitry, and the CDs and DVDs that are so much a part of our modern world.
Now scientists and engineers are on the threshold of a new quantum technological revolution. Exploiting what some describe as the “weirdest” and most counterintuitive principles of quantum physics, these scientists’ experiments will have a far-reaching impact on how we live our lives. Their novel ideas and promising technologies involve super powerful quantum computers that process “qubits”, or quantum bits, of information; ultra-secure quantum codes to safeguard communications; and even quantum teleportation (as the world’s real “Mr. Beam” will explain).