Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 10:02 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "But a powerful new type of computer that is about to be commercially deployed by a major American military contractor is taking computing into the strange, subatomic realm of quantum mechanics. In that infinitesimal neighborhood, common sense logic no longer seems to apply. A one can be a one, or it can be a one and a zero and everything in between - all at the same time. [...] Now, Lockheed Martin - which bought an early version of such a computer from the Canadian company D-Wave Systems two years ago - is confident enough in the technology to upgrade it to commercial scale, becoming the first company to use quantum computing as part of its business." I always get a bit skeptical whenever I hear the words 'quantum computing', but according to NewScientist, this is pretty legit.
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RE: quantum
by tylerdurden on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 18:54 UTC in reply to "quantum"
tylerdurden
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2009-03-17

There are always risks in attempting to pass one's own ignorance on a subject as somehow being authoritative..

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RE[2]: quantum
by roblearns on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 20:56 in reply to "RE: quantum"
roblearns Member since:
2010-09-13

There are always risks in attempting to pass one's own ignorance on a subject as somehow being authoritative..

Oh please do explain what those risks are - or would that be risky?

Seriously dude I was not representing myself as an expert - my words stating the opposite of that - did in fact represent what I mean, and weren't some clever ploy.

My explanatory style is meant to lay bare to the world what I might or may not understand on the subject, both to clarify my own thoughts and to invite commentary, and my experience has been that talking advances the subject more than being silent.

I appreciate the advice both the counterpoints on what quantum mechanics is about, and the little banter on the child's game of stating the largest number.

Peace, friend!

Edited 2013-03-22 20:56 UTC

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RE[3]: quantum
by tylerdurden on Sat 23rd Mar 2013 00:50 in reply to "RE[2]: quantum"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

I didn't imply you were an expert. I was just letting you know that if you do not understand a concept, or field of study, and all you have to go with is some odd (and perhaps equally uninformed hearsay) assumptions... It is then perhaps kind of silly to put a set of requirements about what those who are actually working on the concept, or field, should or should not do before they can hope to achieve your magnificent seal of approval ;-)

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