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Quantum computers are funny

A company called D-Wave claims to have built the first commercial quantum computer, although they haven't yet released reports for peer review (dwavesys.com). This is something people have been working on for some time and has lead to many unexpected discoveries, like the fact that the speed of light is not actually constant (Wikipedia's Timeline for Quantum Computing).

According to CNN.com Technology:
[ D-Wave Chief Executive Herb Martin] said all the evidence the company has indicates that the device is performing quantum computations, but he acknowledged there is some uncertainty.

The hilarity here being the application of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle (Wikipedia).

D-Wave and CNN links found in this post on Kathryn Cramer's weblog via kathryncramer.

PS -- Does anyone know how to properly LJ-link to a syndicated feed? (^*^)? (IE, <lj user="">, etc.) Got it! Thanks to hummingwolf.

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hummingwolf
Feb. 15th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
All LJ accounts can be linked to with the same tag. The correct little symbol appears automatically whether you're linking to aekiy or dreamtaxonomy or slacktivist (just picking the first accounts that come to mind).
aekiy
Feb. 15th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, huh.. it used to be that you had to use a different command for each thing, like <lj comm="something"> for communities or something like that.. okay, thanks. (^*^)
sixteenbynine
Feb. 18th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
The capabilities of this machine are way overrated, and many of the people who actually do theoretical work in the field of QMC are upset about how bad the journalism surronding this particular bit of kerfuffle has been.
aekiy
Feb. 18th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Ya? I haven't heard anything about it before this. I was mostly posting it for the joke. (^*^) But developments in quantum computing are good things, too; it'll be interesting when we actually have something..
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