## Comment Re:Quantum Computing Baffles Me (Score 2) 55

Okay, let's try to simplify it even more. Quantum computers have gates just like ordinary computers. There's a difference, though: instead of acting only on a single value, they act on a whole bundle of them at once (that's the probability distribution). You can in effect calculate a function on many inputs at once, but you can't reach behind the curtain and pick all the answers (or any answer you want) from the result. When you do ask the computer to reveal an answer, you get a random answer from the entire bundle according to its probability. The clever part about quantum algorithm design is then to first alter the input bundle in the way you want, then selectively amplify the answer that you're interested in so you'll get it very often and get other answers rarely if at all.

More or less. I Am Not A Quantum Physicist, grain of salt, etcetera.

More or less. I Am Not A Quantum Physicist, grain of salt, etcetera.