Why Can't You Use Quantum Mechanics To Communicate Faster Than Light? | Summary and Q&A

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Why Can't You Use Quantum Mechanics To Communicate Faster Than Light?

TL;DR

Quantum entanglement cannot be used for instant communication due to the randomness of measurement outcomes and the inability to differentiate between superposition and non-superposition states.

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Questions & Answers

Q: Can entangled particles be used for instant communication?

No, due to the randomness of measurement outcomes, any attempt to communicate using entangled particles will result in random and unreliable information transfer.

Q: How can the difference between a superposition state and a non-superposition state be utilized for communication?

By observing interference patterns, it is possible to determine whether a particle is in a superposition state or a non-superposition state. However, this requires both particles to be present for the measurement, making instant communication impossible.

Q: Are all entangled states equally useless for communication?

No, while the example used in the video is the entangled state with maximum entanglement, the majority of two-particle entangled states also cannot be used for communication.

Q: What can entangled particles be useful for?

Entangled particles can be used to generate a shared string of random bits when both parties measure their entangled particles. This shared randomness can potentially be utilized for encryption purposes.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Quantum entanglement allows for the immediate influence of one particle on another, even if they are far apart.

  • While it may seem possible for entangled particles to be used for instant communication, the randomness of measurement outcomes and inability to differentiate superposition states prevent this.

  • Instead, entangled particles can be used to generate a shared string of random bits, potentially useful for encryption purposes.

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