Handsome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stands in front of a chalkboard full of comically complicated math equations. A journalist asks him to explain quantum computing. Tired of being treated like a himbo meme queen, Trudeau proceeds to deliver a succinct explanation of quantum mechanics vis-à-vis computing. And it was all captured in a video that by any reasonable definition qualifies as softcore porn.
The journalist was kidding when he said, “I was going to ask you to explain quantum computing, but … ” before pausing, tittering at his joke, and launching into a different question about Canada and ISIL. But Trudeau collected himself and began to explain, “Very simply, normal computers work by—” As the crowd applauded, he stopped them: “No, no, no, don’t interrupt me.” Justin was determined to prove to this treasonous member of the press, nay, the entire world that he’s more than just a pretty face:
Normal computers work, either there’s power going through a wire or not, it’s one or a zero. They’re binary systems. What quantum systems allow for is much more complex information to be encoded into a single bit. A regular computer bit is either a one or zero, on or off; a quantum state could be much more complex than that because as we know things can be both particles and waves 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 could say that he’s a bit of a showoff. You could quibble with the specifics of his explanation. (Why didn’t he mention superposition and entanglement?) But the fact remains that a hot man who runs a big country demonstrated that he understands quantum computing well enough to define it on the fly. It’s hard not to get the feeling that other world leaders—who are not hot—and other hot people—who are not world leaders—are simple and binary by comparison; only Justin Trudeau’s charm achieves a quantum state.