February 12, 2007

Sixteen Qubits (starring Molly Ringwald)

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at February 12, 2007 11:30 AM

There's been some buzz lately about D-Wave's sixteen-qubit quantum computer that they're planning to demonstrate tomorrow. Instead of writing a post on this I'm just going to link to (and endorse) Scott Aaronson's post on the subject. There's a lot of skepticism about D-Wave in the community.

Tags: Physics, Quantum Information, Technology

I'm also skeptical (and I'll take a look at what Scott wrote in a second).

Let me share the following exchange I had with one of my SURF alums who will be doing a quantum information theory SURF this summer.

He sent me an e-mail with the subject "More good news for my SURF?" which had the text


Looks promising. Just hope they can deliver something bigger. Soon."

My response was:

"I'll believe it when I see it. :) "

My former student's project is extremely interesting and he's very well qualified for it, but to quote David Mermin, quantum computation is "gedanken technology" until demonstrated otherwise.

Posted by: Mason | February 12, 2007 5:18 PM

Postscript: I very much appreciate the Molly Ringwald reference! (See "Not Another Teen Movie" for an especially poignant example...)

Posted by: Mason | February 12, 2007 5:26 PM
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