Can math beat gamers in Quantum Moves

  title={Can math beat gamers in Quantum Moves},
  author={Dries Sels},
  journal={Physical Review A},
  • Dries Sels
  • Published 26 September 2017
  • Physics
  • Physical Review A
In a recent work on quantum state preparation, S{\o}rensen and colleagues explore the possibility of using video games to help design quantum control protocols. The authors present a game called "Quantum Moves" in which gamers have to move an atom from A to B by means of optical tweezers. They report that, players succeed where purely numerical optimization fails [1]. Moreover, by harnessing the player strategies they can outperform the most prominent established numerical methods [1]. The aim… Expand

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