With the Schrodinger’s cat experiment a cat is sealed in a box with a radioactive source that has a 50% chance of decaying (the isotope decaying, not the cat). If the isotope does decay a monitor will detect it and release a poisonous gas. At which stage the cat starts decaying too. However until you look in the box you have no way of knowing if the cat is alive or dead. This is supposing such things as you haven’t left it there for years and forgotten to leave food. Also that you’re deaf as if you lock a cat in a box sooner or later it gets loud.
Anyway, until you open the box there is no way to know if the cat is alive or dead and in quantum computing it exists in both states. So until you open the box the cat is both alive and dead. And angry at being locked in a box.
Strangely the chances with IVF are pretty close. Except it’s 2 cats in the box and there’s a 60% chance that the radioactive source didn’t decay. Or only got one.
We put in 2 blastocysts last week. Which is cool in a nerdy way since they were frozen and reheated. Probably in a microwave. Cryo-stasis. But in a quantum world there’s 0, 1 and 2 all existing at once. Possibly but not likely more. All both alive and, well, not alive.
The suspense is killing me.
Tomorrow we open the box.