Friday, February 24, 2006

Quantum Computing

Since bspot posted a link to an Onion story that seemed real at first, I'm posting a link to a story that seems like an Onion but is apparently real.

"Quantum computer solves problem without running"

If anyone can explain this to me, I will shine their shoes with my raggedy-ass underwear.

9 Thoughts:

Blogger Palmer said...


if i didn't read that article, would i still not understand it? prolly.

Friday, February 24, 2006 9:24:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Heh. Its like the Tao - action by non-action.

Friday, February 24, 2006 9:36:00 AM  
Anonymous GM said...

Silly people, it's simple.

"By placing our photon in a quantum superposition of running and not running the search algorithm, we obtained information about the answer even when the photon did not run the search algorithm."

It's pretty self-explanatory.

Can I have the raggedy-ass underwear treatment now?

Friday, February 24, 2006 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger TristEro said...

I think that The Register reaches a little to hard for the snappy in their headline. Notice that the quote in the second paragraph from the actual researcher only sez that the result was obtained "without running the entire quantum computer" which I interpret to mean that the whole data space was not exhaustively searched as would occur in a classical algorithim. The bit later on about creating a superposition of running and not-running the algorithim is exactly the sort of process that one manipulates to work with a Quantum Computer.

As almost always, the
Wikipedia article
is a good place to start "untangling" this topic.

Friday, February 24, 2006 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Quantum puns highly appreciated, thanks post-horn.

Friday, February 24, 2006 1:42:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Hey nice Rilke - remember this Richard Wilbur?

Kick at the rock, Sam Johnson, break your bones:
But cloudy, cloudy is the stuff of stones.

We milk the cow of the world, and as we do
We whisper in her ear, 'You are not true.'

Friday, February 24, 2006 1:45:00 PM  
Blogger Palmer said...

ok. now someone explain to me how to play quantum poker.


Sunday, February 26, 2006 2:44:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Ah yes. Pioneered in the fin-de-milleniaire era. Typically involves "blind play" or betting a hand while your hand remains in a superposition of states. Its practitioners claim that the effect of this uncertainty is to spread the fear of the random into the hearts of opponents. In practice it usually results in the quantum player losing all his money as fast as possible.

Sunday, February 26, 2006 8:44:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

P. S. Quantum play also usually involves the chain-smoking of Lucky StrikesĀ® cigarettes. Infentesimal raises and re-raises (say, of 50 cents) also accompany the practice, which further sows confusion as mentally-altered players endlessly interrogate each other with: "OK, What is it to me, now?"

Sunday, February 26, 2006 8:48:00 AM  

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