Justin Trudeau, the newly elected Prime Minister of Canada, received a wave of universally positive press last week after he appeared to explain the mechanics of quantum computing in an impromptu answer during a press conference held at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario. Trudeau’s remarkably erudite explanation, captured in an instantaneously viral video, suggested a deep personal interest in the subject, one unrelated to any obvious publicity benefits. According to the sharp-eyed Canadian blogger J.J. McCullough, however, everything about the press conference—the setting, the question, and the answer—was choreographed by Trudeau himself.
Trudeau specifically asked the press earlier to ask him about quantum computing because he had just learned about it that morning. And the resulting gushing praise by the media afterwards was exactly what the Prime Minister was looking for.
It’s similar to what goes on in North Korea with its leader, not as extreme, but similar in that we were lead to believe all of the resulting news reports later that the Prime Minister was a genius with regards to his “off the cuff” remarks about Quantum Computing!