Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Feb 2006 18:09 UTC
Geek stuff, sci-fi... Ok, this one is just plain scary. "By combining quantum computation and quantum interrogation, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found an exotic way of determining an answer to an algorithm - without ever running the algorithm. Using an optical-based quantum computer, a research team led by physicist Paul Kwiat has presented the first demonstration of 'counterfactual computation', inferring information about an answer, even though the computer did not run." The research team published their results in Nature.
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Douglas Adams was right
by gustl on Fri 24th Feb 2006 13:38 UTC in reply to "RE: My head hurts"
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May be more right than any of us dares to fear ;)

Maybe one day a computer will find the question to an answer that will not have been given.

Methinks my brain windings are becoming straight.

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