This week I sat down to interview Deep Prasad, a physicist from the University of Toronto and CEO of ReactiveQ. (The University of Toronto newspaper once asked if Deep could be the next Einstein.) At his company, he’s working on the next generation of quantum computers, developing systems that can produce solutions at speeds unimaginable through current, conventional technology.

We talked about that, but also the recent news about government admissions of sightings of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UFOs to most of us) and claims that there may be physical evidence of such visitations in the form of exotic, perhaps extraterrestrial materials. Deep has taken a great interest in this subject and entered the debate surrounding it. You’ll hear him talk about what such exotic materials could mean to the future of mankind and whether or not we might be about to “see dem aliens” (as the Storm Area 51 folks like to say).

A couple of teasers from the interview:

On how fast quantum computing really is, as defined by trying to crack a 2,048 digit encryption code.

“It would take longer than the age of the universe (to do it with a conventional computer). With quantum computers, we have algorithms that will do that in less than two seconds.”

On the subject of one particular “exotic material” that’s allegedly able to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, and what it could mean for humanity.

“You could drop a piece in the ocean and it would produce a crazy amount of energy (in the form of hydrogen). I mean, it would easily address all of our current energy demands.”

On whether or not humans could have built the “white Tic-Tac” craft shown in one Navy video that apparently can defy gravity.

“Let’s say it was built in some sort of black project. The amount of energy it would have required would have been seen. We would have picked it up.”

There’s lots more in the interview. Enjoy.