Google entangles Minecraft with quantum physics

October 23, 2013

qCraft (credit: Google)

Thanks to Google, Minecraft players can now toy with quantum teleportation and Einstein’s “spooky action at a distance,” MIT Technology Review reports.

One reason for the popularity of the video game Minecraft is the way its blocky universe faithfully adheres to the physics of the real one. Google has now released a software package that introduces quantum physics to the game, an area of nature’s laws previously missed out by Minecraft creator Markus Persson.

Players of qCraft, as the new “mod” is called, can toy with quantum teleportation, entanglement, and objects that exist in a “superposition” of multiple states at once.

For those looking for hints on how to get started, the qCraft project has produced a series of how-to videos about the mod. For an introduction to Minecraft, see “Minecraft and the Secret to a Video-Game Phenomenon.”