Political activity associated with the USA 2016 presidential election has been pretty bizarre lately. Currently, the top candidate for the Republican Party, leading by about 10 percentage points, is Donald Trump, a guy who wears a fluffy, dead rat on his head, a 69 year old senior citizen who doesn’t think very highly of women or Mexicans except when they are cleaning his home and tending his lawn, a real estate, hotel, casino and golf course mogul plus an awful TV host supposedly worth $4B.
According to Wikipedia, NBC and Trump jointly owned the Miss Universe beauty pageant from 2002 to 2015. The Donald, in his speech announcing his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election, said most Mexican immigrants are criminals and rapists. Disturbed by those statements, NBC pulled out of the partnership, and The Donald was forced to sell the company shortly thereafter, in Sept 2015.
But now The Donald has announced that he is starting a new beauty pageant called Quantum Miss Multiple Universes, which is going to obliterate the old, classical Miss Universe pageant. It’s going to be exponentially better. His initial investment in QMMU is $200M, just a fraction of what he has spent already in the 2016 presidential election. Mr. Trump said at a press conference:
“The talent competition for the Miss Universe 2002 pageant was won by Scott Aaronson with a talk on Quantum Complexity Theory. Ever since that talk, I’ve been a firm believer that quantum computers are possible. This beauty pageant will hasten the construction of quantum computers. Another great source of inspiration for this beauty pageant is #quantumwoman on Twitter”
Below is a photo of Miss Universe 2002, Scott Aaronson. (Beauty standards have changed since then.)
As a Miss Universe winner, Scott has had a grueling career traveling to all the countries shown below as an ambassador of good will.
Of course, instead of vacationing in those countries, Scott could have used any of the numerous resources available nowadays to give a talk (Skype, Google Hangouts, YouTube video, fax, email with attached pdf, blogs, website, arXiv, HAL, an old fashioned but quite effective telephone teleconference, ResearchGate…) But nothing beats the homeliness of delivering in person the same talk that he always gives, delivered to a huge, enthusiastic audience of fawning admirers that understand about 1% of what he is saying.