according to an article by Victoria Woollaston in the Daily Mail, Google hopes to use its D-Wave quantum computer to “solve global warming,” “develop sophisticated artificial life,” and “find aliens.” (No, I’m not making any of this up: just quoting stuff other people made up.) The article also repeats the debunked canard that the D-Wave machine is “3600 times faster,” and soberly explains that D-Wave’s 512 qubits compare favorably to the mere 32 or 64 bits found in home PCs (exercise for those of you who aren’t already rolling on the floor: think about that until you are). It contains not a shadow of a hint of skepticism anywhere, not one token sentence. I would say that, even in an extremely crowded field, Woollaston’s piece takes the cake as the single most irresponsible article about D-Wave I’ve seen. And I’d feel terrible for my many friends at Google, whose company comes out of this looking like a laughingstock.This is more hype than usual, but none of the quantum computer admit that there has been very little progress making such computers and they will probably be impossible.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Google uses quantum computer for global warming
MIT professor Scott Aaronson writes about the latest quantum computer hype: