Journalist Challenges Justin Trudeau to Explain Quantum Computing, Trudeau Nails It

Journalist Challenges Justin Trudeau to Explain Quantum Computing, Trudeau Nails It
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When he's not busy being a feminist icon, refugee welcomer, paper doll and, it turns out, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau finds time to be a quantum computing savant.

At least that seemed to be the case on Friday when Canada's top elected official was asked a question about the matter on Friday while on hand at Ontario's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the CBC reported, 

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The question was meant as a joke, but it became anything but as Trudeau launched into a seemingly cogent disquisition about the field and why it was important — though some have now accused the Prime Minister of staging his remarks.  

"What quantum states allow for is much more complex information to be encoded into a single bit," he said. "A regular computer bit is either a one or a zero, on or off, a quantum state can be much more complex than that because, as we know, things can be both particle and wave at the same time and the uncertainty around quantum states allows us to encode more information into a much smaller computer. That's what's exciting about quantum computing."

You got all that? Good. 

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In fact, the prime minister had not come to give a lecture but rather to announce a $50 million investment in the center. 

"It's extremely important to underline just how essential the work being done here is, not just for Canada but for the entire world," Trudeau said, according to the CBC. "The investment we're announcing today will strengthen the Perimeter Institute's position as a world-leading research centre in helping advance Canada's role as a leader in the global scientific community." 

The display of casual science know-how is only likely to bolster the image of Trudeau, who since taking office in November seems to glide seamlessly from one accomplishment to the next. Just yesterday, the prime minister introduced legislation that would legalize physician-assisted suicide and his cabinet, with 50% women, is arguably the most diverse in Canadian history. 

Watch Trudeau's latest moment of glory below:

April 18, 2016, 11:05 a.m. EDT: This story has been updated.

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Jon Levine

Jon Levine is a staff writer at Mic, covering politics and people. He is based in New York and can be reached at JLevine@mic.com.

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