Joe Rogan Discusses Quantum Computers in Latest Podcast

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The Fibonacci Sequence

Quantum Computing was the name of the game in the 1887 edition of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast last week. With his guest, musician and vocalist for the rock bands Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle Maynard James Keenan, Rogan referred to a piece he had read online called Scientists Fed The Fibonacci Sequence into A Quantum Computer and Something Strange Happened. As it goes, the story Time After Time: Scientists Use Quantinuum’s QC to Create Strange New Phase of Matter That Acts Like It Has Two Time Dimensions, which the TQI covered back in July by our editor Matt Swayne, alludes to the same discovery.

The topic of quantum computing had a strange starting point:

“As we go forward in time,” Maynard began after briefly discussing the Phoenix Lights UFO event which occurred back in 1997 while he was living in the city, “maybe there’s some kind of technology that allows us to look back in time… You know, you pay your fee at Disneyland, you put the goggles on and it opens a portal in a timeframe where you’re just allowed to look, but you can’t touch.”

Whatever Tool’s lead singer meant by that, it got Rogan thinking:

“I was reading about quantum computing today, and you can probably relate to this as you’ve done some music related to the Fibonacci Sequence,” Rogan said to Maynard, “where they entered the Fibonacci Sequence into a quantum computer… And it had something to do with how different ways time expresses itself.”

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At this point, Rogan asked his team for help, realizing quantum computing was not something he could easily explain.

“See if you can find this because I’m gonna butcher this,” said Rogan. Once the story was on the screen, he continued, reading off the screen: “Scientists fed the Fibonacci Sequence into A quantum computer and something strange happened. You can have the system behave as if there are two distinct directions of time.”

At The Movies

Rogan then said that it was only a matter of time before they figure something like this out.

But should we?” Maynard butted in, with a nervous chuckle. “Aren’t there movies that start this way?”

“But there are movies that start that way because we know how the human mind works, a constant lust for technological innovations,” said Rogan.

The podcast host, who is also a comedian and UFC colour commentator, underlined that if we continue to stay alive, humanity will come up with something that will change everything about how we interact with reality.

“It’s probably going to happen within our lifetime,” Rogan added.

“And I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing, it probably depends on who’s at the wheel,” Maynard responded to Rogan’s prediction.

Rogan then finished by saying we live in amazing times because both things exist — we have wine (Maynard is a winemaker), farmers, and people cultivating food and creating art. We also have these disruptive technologies, he noted, though people have no idea what the consequences are as it’s all happening simultaneously.

The conversation — though short — was a clear indicator that quantum computing is becoming more mainstream. With celebrities of Rogan and Maynard’s calibre talking about it, it is sure to be discussed and become more mainstream.

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James Dargan

James Dargan is a writer and researcher at The Quantum Insider. His focus is on the QC startup ecosystem and he writes articles on the space that have a tone accessible to the average reader.

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