US Gross Product is 1/3 Quantum, and Chapulines

According to an article in Science, quantum = $$$.

Is Quantum Mechanics Tried, True, Wildly Successful, and Wrong?

[…] Sure, it’s the most powerful and accurate scientific theory ever devised. Yes, its bizarre predictions about the behavior of atoms and all other particles have been confirmed many times over with multi-decimal-place exactitude. True, technologies derived from quantum mechanics may account for 30% of the gross national product of the United States. So what’s not to like? [emphasis mine]

Why would this be? Well, electronics are an essential part of the US economy, and transistors are fundamentally quantum mechanical. This figure doesn’t include any quantum computing private companies.

On that subject, I just witnessed the founder of D:Wave (the first quantum computation private company) eat a taco de chapulines. Yes, that means grasshopper taco.

Tunneling is fun. -Alan

Author: minustwofish

I am a quantum physicist.