Moving through the US Congress is a National Quantum Initiative Act, which would provide over a billion dollars in funding for things related to quantum computation.A billion dollars?!
IBM and Google both promised quantum supremacy in 2017. We have no announcement of QS, or any explanation for the failure.
I am not the only one saying it is impossible. See this recent Quanta mag article for other prominent naysayers.
If Congress were to have hearings on this funding, I would expect physicists to be extremely reluctant to throw cold water on lucrative funding for their colleagues. Maybe that is what is keeping Scott Aaronson quiet.
Previously Woit commented:
It’s remarkable to see publicly acknowledged by string theorists just how damaging to their subject multiverse mania has been, and rather bizarre to see that they attribute the problem to my book and Lee Smolin’s. The source of the damage is actually different books, the ones promoting the multiverse, for example this one.This was induced by some string theorists still complaining about those books that appeared in around 2005.
It is bizarre for anyone to be bothered by some criticism from 13 years ago. The two books did not even say the same thing. You would think that the string theorists would just publish their rebuttal and move on.
Apparently they had no rebuttal, and they depended on everyone going along with the fiction that string theory was working.
Likewise, the quantum computation folks depend on everyone going along with the idea that we are about to have quantum computers (with quantum supremacy), and it will be a big technological advance. We don't need two books on the subject, as it is pretty obvious that IBM and Google are not delivering what they promised.