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Google brings Minecraft into the quantum computing equation
October 21, 2013 | By Mike Rose

October 21, 2013 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video

Earlier this year, Google launched the Quantum Artifical Intelligence Lab as a means to study how quantum computing might advance machine learning. In a bid to get kids excited in the field, the team has now injected Minecraft into the equation.

With millions of kids playing the Mojang-developed behemoth indie title, the Google team realized that it could use the popularity of Minecraft to get younger people involved in quantum computing.

The qCraft modpack for Minecraft, as designed in collaboration with MinecraftEdu and Caltech's Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, lets players experiment with quantum behaviors within Minecraft.

The free mod introduces quantum entanglement blocks, superposition, and observer dependency, according to a Google+ blog post.

"qCraft isn't a perfect scientific simulation," the team admits, "but it's a fun way for players to experience a few parts of quantum mechanics outside of thought experiments or dense textbook examples."

More information can be found on the qCraft website.

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Michael Cook
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This seems like a pretty clever idea. I was impressed by my younger brother's ability to pick up an arbitrary Minecraft mod and rifle through YouTube learning its ins and outs. Fairly young kids are getting remarkably comfortable with simple logic thanks to Redstone - this is a cool attempt to do something similar. Thanks for writing it up!

David Klingler
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When I was younger and first getting interested in quantum physics, I would have lost my mind over a mod like this. This is a really good idea.

Matthew Downey
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I've recently wanted to be a quantum programmer for Google. I might study the field a little more in my free time to improve my chance at an internship this summer. After all Google has some of the most creative people in the world. When I realized that, I decided that if I ever work for anyone (besides me) it'd be Google (assuming I have a choice in the matter).

quantum entanglement blocks == if you look at one block, the other cannot exist, hence the trap that said look up.
superposition block == candy shop switch was never flipped, candy was made regardless.
observer dependency block == ?

Anyone who knows where the quantum phenomena were actually used, it'd be interesting to hear.