When two quantum objects interact, the information they contain becomes shared. This can result in a kind of link between them, where an action performed on one will affect the outcome of an action performed on the other. This “entanglement” applies even if the two particles are half a universe apart.
Quantum physics, which describes the behaviour of matter at atomic and subatomic scales, has long provided inspiration for artists, writers, film-makers and philosophers. Quantum objects can be in two states at once, a phenomenon known as superposition that inspired the famous “Schrödinger’s Cat” paradox. Among its other features is entanglement, where objects such as atoms hold a strange influence over each other, changing each other’s properties without physical contact or signals passing between them. Practically, these phenomena hold promise for building new kinds of computers and sensors, drawing attention and funding from businesses and governments world-wide. As the world makes progress in quantum science and technology, questions are also being asked about its impact on society and how society should respond. Learn more about quantum physics in our inspiration section.
Run by the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore with a constellation of prestigious partners, Quantum Shorts has alternated between annual calls for science fiction and science films since 2012.
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