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February 23, 2006

Quantum Whantum?

And you think people hate computers now (from an article about the future of quantum computing, on Slashdot); "With the right set-up, the theory suggested, the computer [user] would sometimes get an answer out of the computer even though the program did not run. And now researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have improved on the original design and built a non-running quantum computer that really works." This is very humorous. I supervise the computer operations in what I would consider a fairly typical office environment, and already I am hounded constantly with "the computer did this to me!" and "the computer is giving me wrong information!", so often that my new recently adopted cheeky motto is "I Hate Computers." I am now forced to consider the rising spectre of the not too distant future, when in fact the computer does take the initiative and start "doing it to you" without you even asking first. Update; Also, from the article linked on Slashdot; This scheme could have an advantage over straightforward quantum computing. "A non-running computer produces fewer errors [...]" Umm... Well isn't that true of most computers today anyway?