CHICAGO, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- University of Illinois physics researchers have built a quantum-based computer that can be awake and asleep at the same time.
The computer can spit out answers even if its program is never triggered, reported the Chicago Tribune Friday.
"This is the way nature is," said Charles Bennett, an IBM researcher who dreamed up some of the new uses of quantum physics. "We should be learning how to get used to that."
The University of Illinois computer experiment, detailed in the journal Nature, could help refine the young field of quantum computing with such applications as precise simulations of how proteins work in the human body.