Google Adds Quantum Physics to Minecraft

by Rachel Baker on October 21, 2013

The Verge has a cool article about the mod that Google’s Quantum A.I Lab Team created for Minecraft.

There is seemingly no end to the number of things you can do in Minecraft — and the latest thing is experimenting with quantum physics. A new mod called qCraft, built by none other than Google’s Quantum A.I. Lab Team, adds blocks that exhibit quantum entanglement, superposition, and observer-dependency properties. Some of the new blocks can be “activated” simply by looking at them, while others are prone to disappear at any moment.

“We built the Quantum A.I. Lab to explore the potential of quantum computing, and figure out what questions we should be asking,” says the the Lab Team in a post on Google+. “One question is clear,” the post reads. “Where will future quantum computer scientists come from? Our best guess: Minecraft.” Millions of kids aren’t just digging caves in Minecraft, they say, but are building assembly lines, space shuttles, and even programmable computers. The mod is an effort to get these same kids thinking about physics in a playful new way.

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