A social media phenomenon! Cut and paste a quacky story, get well-known people on board and voila: since the final week of January this video has seen some 1.6 million views on youtube!
”Last week, the world watched Ant-Man Paul Rudd take on eminent physicist Stephen Hawking ina game of Quantum Chess…and win. Aside from being a hilarious and star-studded comedy short created for a Caltech event honoring physicist Richard Feynman, the video showcased a very real and very mind-bending game. Now, the brilliant mind behind the game, USC graduate student Chris Cantwell, says that there is a working Quantum Chess prototype, but it needs a bit of funding to collapse the wave function and become an observable in-home reality.
As time-traveling Keanu Reeves states in the Hawking vs. Rudd video above, “Quantum Chess [is] a variant of regular chess in which every piece is endowed with quantum powers.” This means that the pieces on the board, which could only obey classical mechanics in regular chess, are now able to accomplish all kinds of “quantum moves” like quantum superpositioning and quantum entanglement. For example, “Schrödinger’s King” allows your king to be in two positions on the board at the same time until “collapsed” into a single position by an enemy attack. (Also, the game is won by killing the king, not checkmating it.)” READ MORE HERE.