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(CBC)   Google buys Quantum computer in hopes of researching web searching, speech recognition, "Who's on first?" routine   ( divider line
    More: Cool, quantum, Google, Google Checkout, NASA, space researches, quantum computer, pattern recognition, academic institutions  
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1587 clicks; posted to Geek » on 17 May 2013 at 1:12 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-05-17 10:40:43 PM  
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Ned Stark: I think that concern is a little overblown. Ever read that short story ("rules of the road"?) about the truck driving AI? I think it makes a good point. If you're building a mind from the ground up why would you make it unhappy? Just craft one that enjoys doing whatever you're gonna make it do. Having an AI drive a truck all day forever isn't as much of a dick move if it enjoys seeing new places, solitude, and driving.

Tell that to Sirius Cybernetics...

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2013-05-17 05:54:49 PM  
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Johnsnownw: I'd say it's more the media that i selling a product that doesn't actually exist. Google nor NASA is going to pay that kind of money for a system they don't think is useful.

It's useful for research and the "cool" factor, but not for anything practical.  It's custom-built for one single problem, and it doesn't even beat optimized classical computers on that problem.
2013-05-17 02:35:55 PM  
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Oh good, we've gotten to the "this one blog post invalidates the work of this entire company."
2013-05-17 02:14:37 PM  
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Ambitwistor: Read this before getting your hopes up about this technology.

Thank you.  For the TL;DR crowd, what D-Wave is selling is not what you've been reading about in articles about quantum computing.  It involves quantum mechanics, and it involves information processing, but basically none of the capabilities of the better-known type of quantum computer carry over.  The technology might be able to do useful things someday, but the algorithms don't exist yet, and last I heard nobody had even figured out if they can exist.  The scientists at D-Wave are doing interesting work, but their marketing department is selling it as something entirely different from what it really is.
2013-05-17 01:59:45 PM  
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Read this before getting your hopes up about this technology.
2013-05-17 01:27:51 PM  
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The All-Powerful Atheismo: Oh christ just kill us all now. I'm not really looking forward to fighting the terminators by day and dancing in the sweaty raves in the dank underground cave by night.

I dunno about you, but that would be more exciting than what I'm doing now.
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