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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I'm sorry...what?
by Yamin on Thu 23rd Feb 2006 20:59 UTC
Yamin
Member since:
2006-01-10

Maybe my brain is just fried right now. What is this article saying?

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RE: I'm sorry...what?
by astroraptor on Thu 23rd Feb 2006 21:10 in reply to "I'm sorry...what?"
astroraptor Member since:
2005-07-22

You're not alone on this, you really aren't.

So the computer DID run but it didn't like a photo can be in multiple places at once even though it appears only in one place at a time? Phheww, Boeing!!

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