Quantum computers are like kaleidoscopes − why unusual metaphors help illustrate science and technology

Dr. Sorin Matei


The uniqueness of quantum computers calls for an unusual metaphor. As a communications researcher who studies technology, I believe that quantum computers can be better understood as kaleidoscopes.

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Purdue’s Sorin Adam Matei, Senior Research Fellow at the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, brilliantly explains how, like a kaleidoscope’s ever-changing patterns, quantum computers create solutions through quantum correlations, providing new perspectives on this revolutionary technology. 


Metaphors make the unknown manageable, approachable and discoverable and Dr. Matei’s simple metaphor helps us grasp the complex but revolutionary nature of quantum computing and the potential it holds.

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To learn more about quantum computing, visit the Krach Institute’s Tech Diplomacy Academy