The 5th dimensional camera

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The 5th dimensional camera positioned on a rooftop looking down on the city.

Above the sprawling city, a young man sets up the 5th dimensional camera, anxious to peer into his parallel lives.

Quantum mechanics is an extraordinary branch of science. It’s a field where the boundary between fantasy and reality can start to blur. Imagine, for instance, a device that makes modern supercomputers look obsolete. It’s called a quantum computer.

Quantum computers aren’t with us yet. But if and when they arrive, the impact could be colossal, reaching into every corner of our lives. From totally secure communication to new medical sensors that revolutionise healthcare and complex modelling that could engineer powerful new drugs to defeat pandemics – the possibilities are endless.

This research is helping the UK stay at the forefront of the race to develop these remarkable machines. That means comprehending quantum mechanics’ most fundamental properties – and exploring the possibility of parallel universes that they imply.

Intimidating or liberating? Or both? to explore the impact this mind-blowing science could have on our sense of place and purpose in the universe, ‘the 5th Dimensional Camera’ is a fictional device that captures glimpses of parallel universes suggested by quantum physics. How might we seek to interact with these other worlds? Would we become jealous of our parallel selves? What would happen to our sense of morality if we knew that we had committed inconceivable acts in another world?

Researchers

Professor John Rarity, University of Bristol
Dr Simon Benjamin, University of Oxford
Professor Andrew Briggs, University of Oxford

Designers

Anab Jain and Jon Ardern, Superflux

Model maker

Haresh Patel and Team

Actors

Charlie Tims
Ida Karolina Soder
David Ardern

Special thanks

David Deutsch
KB and Mina Jain
Arya Architects
Rowena Ardern
Ujjval Panchal
Rory Hamilton

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