Humanity is only beginning to branch out into the field of quantum computing, but as it turns out, we’re already behind in the knowledge race. Scientists have discovered that some bacteria have evolved quantum traits, and are even capable of carrying out advanced and highly complex distributed quantum algorithms as a means of enhancing their ability to reproduce.

That said, it’s time to put your thinking caps on: In the video below, MIT professor Seth Lloyd delivers a 56-minute lecture, given earlier this month, on how this cutting-edge science works, what other animals have evolved quantum traits, and what these discoveries may mean to humanity.