Would it be possible to find an actual picture of “Schrodinger’s cat”?

My question title is facetious but honest, a legitimate form of this question is:

“Would it be theoretically possible to obtain an actual image of something from a parallel dimension using a quantum computer?”

Multiple organizations are currently developing algorithms capable of computing images using artificial intelligence and deep learning to formulate analogs of real objects.  One method used is to feed thousands of images and videos into the algorithm and then have it attempt to identify specific objects and then attempt to create an original likeness of that object.  The accuracy of these images is already impressive, with the use of (future) quantum computers I would assume that the image would be nearly identical to the real thing.

If I requested this theoretical quantum computer to create me an image of a cat as an example am I incorrect in assuming that it used a data set that contained images from N number of dimensions.? If that is the case, would it then possible to obtain/request the original data sets used to create this image and wouldn’t those images be of actual objects from multiple dimensions?

Also, I am not literally assuming that you could get a picture of Schrodinger’s cat, I am just attempting to make a superposition joke.

From what we currently know, it would not be possible to do this.  If the end state of a quantum system were dependent on external variables, such as “data sets in parallel universes”, you would essentially need a quantum mechanics with “hidden variables”, which is not how theory and experimental results are currently understood.

On the other hand, we’ve only had quantum mechanics for a century or so.  I’m not going to hazard an answer, but if you Google “Hidden Variables in Quantum Mechanics”, you’ll see that some very  famous names in physics have found this a worthwhile question to ask.

on June 27, 2018.
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