Quantum Coherence Can Be A Tricky Thing To Control...
Unless you can gain control through clear insight into how the laws of nature function at the most fundamental levels.
We all admire the freedom and flexibility of youth. Yet there is a tendency to try to control that youthfulness and put it to work. How do we find the perfect balance between control and freedom for optimal progress?
Here is an article that talks about gaining greater control on the quantum level:
And the power of flexibility is brought out in this paper about quantum spin liquids: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v492/n7429/full/nature11659.html
These spin liquids allow the possibility of long range interconnectedness that could increase conductivity at normal conditions and be useful in communications.
"A key feature of spin liquids is that they support exotic spin excitations carrying fractional quantum numbers. However, detailed measurements of these ‘fractionalized excitations’ have been lacking."
Who wouldn't want "exotic spin excitations carrying fractional quantum numbers"? That must open up a whole new field of possibilities for upgrading technology.
Now if we put this article together with the one above it, where they are talking about the idea of reducing phase noise to get more precise measurement, we can see how applications of quantum information processing become practical on the basis of taking advantage of the flexible qualities of the quantum state, rather than trying to exert control over it and force it to act like "normal" things act on a classical level.
When we look at bio-inspired work, where design patterns are identified and applied with good results in complex networks and systems, we can imagine how much more valuable it is to understand the actual mechanics behind the creation of those self-organized patterns.
This article gives us some of the basic principles of self organization along with some nice pictures:
Once we understand the mechanics of self organization, we can attempt to copy things....or, better yet, we can learn how to set up the initial conditions that allow self organization to have its play in just the way we want it to.
Fear of loss of control arises, in my opinion, from a lack of ability to increase underlying or environmental coherence so that the initial conditions allow the process of self organization to be spontaneously aligned with the constructive laws of nature. This increase in environmental coherence increases the probability of achieving desired outcomes.
As researchers play at smaller scales of time and distance, phase noise limits results and creates unintended consequences.
In the article below on self organization and self assembly the author says: "...there is little chance that we can emulate nature, who spent billions of years for designing and perfecting high-performance structures capable of sustaining life."
She goes on to say that: "...biomolecular systems have to be decomposed in a number of elementary units, redefined as functionalities, and abstracted from their own environment; ii) they have to be processed and modified through genetic engineering to perform specific tasks in an artificial environment."
During this process of taking biosystems and putting them into an artificial environment, it becomes essential to increase the phase coherence in the initial stages to reduce the potential for phase noise, and take full advantage of the inherent intelligence in the system to get better results.
By accessing greater degrees of coherence at more fundamental states of the junction point, researchers can enliven a fundamental phase coherence that spontaneously increases the innate self organizing power of the system. I am wondering, do researchers know how to replicate the underlying coherence that has initially given rise to the living system? Without coherence, self organization will be limited. Every classical structure designed through self organization has a quantum mechanical underpinning that ought not be ignored, if researchers want to produce useful creations.
Here is where "soft engineering" comes in. It relies on the qualities found at smaller scales of time and distance, working with the existing properties in the quantum realm to get the desired results.
Success on the quantum level requires a shift to spontaneous interactions, adaptive and dynamic, rather than static and rigidly controlled... expanding our vision to see the bigger picture will make it easy for us to let go of the habit of classical control. Then we can achieve the ideal of control; the optimal equilibrium between the opposite values... the key to quantum control, and the only way that things can function in perfect alignment with nature, effortlessly obeying the law of least action.
--Margi Wilson, lab rat for unified field based technologies