When researchers at Google announced last fall that they had achieved “quantum superiority” — a point at which a quantum computer can perform a task beyond the reach of regular computers — some people wondered what the big deal was. The program, which checked the output of a random number generator, was of limited practical value and did not prove that the company’s machine could do anything useful, critics said.This use of quotation marks is curious, because the same author wrote in SciAm last year:
Hands-On with Google’s Quantum ComputerApparently SciAm has decided that the word "supremacy is racist, because it invokes images of white supremacy, slavery, lynchings, and the KKK. So it has purged the word, and retroactively gone back and changed quotes.
Staking its claim for “quantum supremacy,” the company pulls back the curtain on its landmark Sycamore chip ...
All this chilling and vibrating, Google’s quantum team says, has allowed it to achieve quantum supremacy, the point at which a quantum computer can do something that an ordinary classical computer cannot.
Another SciAm article declares:
The Idea that a Scientific Theory can be 'Falsified' Is a MythMaybe it is time we abandoned Scientific American as a source of hard science news and developments.
It’s time we abandoned it ...
Falsification is appealing because it tells a simple and optimistic story of scientific progress, that by steadily eliminating false theories we can eventually arrive at true ones. ...
But if you propagate a “myth-story” enough times and it gets passed on from generation to generation, it can congeal into a fact, and falsification is one such myth-story.
It is time we abandoned it.
Update: Evolutionist professor Jerry Coyne attacks the latter article, as SciAm argued that evolution is a theory that cannot be falsified.