Skip to comments.The Quantum Quest for a Revolutionary Computer (Jeff Bezo's "Infinity Machine")
Posted on 02/10/2014 7:37:20 PM PST by equalator
[The company D-Wave] makes a new type of computer called a quantum computer thats so radical and strange, people are still trying to figure out what its for and how to use it
. The supercooled niobium chip at the heart of the D-Wave Two has 512 qubits and therefore could in theory perform 2^512 operations simultaneously. Thats more calculations than there are atoms in the universe, by many orders of magnitude
. Naturally, a lot of people want one. This is the age of Big Data, and were burying ourselves in informationsearch queries, genomes, credit-card purchases, phone records, retail transactions, social media, geological surveys, climate data, surveillance videos, movie recommendationsand D-Wave just happens to be selling
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I could see the Terminator going back in time to throw this chip into the steel--
So I can get bad data even faster. Cool!!
Or you can get your Pr0n faster.
The D-Wave Two is an unusual computer, and D-Wave is an unusual company. It’s small, and it has very few customers, but they’re blue-chip: they include the defense contractor Lockheed Martin; a computing lab that’s hosted by NASA and largely funded by Google; and a U.S. intelligence agency that D-Wave executives decline to name.
That would be the NSA. Think of brute forcing any password in seconds.
I want one! I want to get my PrOn faster! ;-)
Will it run Photoshop?
Won't run Win 8 tho.
He’s also writing a hacking program for it as well.
how about CPM?
Imagine pumping all the data allegedly collected by the NSA into this apparatus — it could probably then be taught to compute “intuitively”.
“could perform 2^512 operations simultaneously”
And 2^256 of them will be “SVCHOST”
They would need REAL quantum computers.
The Canadian D-Wave 512 qubit machine cannot factor primes as fast as a home-made array of graphics cards in a geeks basement.
Somewhere in Nigeria, scammers are busy writing new Nigerian 419 emails for that code.
> That would be the NSA. Think of brute forcing any password in seconds.
They already can depending on the number of digits involved.
> could perform 2^512 operations simultaneously
And 2^256 of them will be SVCHOST
Ok, D-Wave. Prove it. Accept submittal of a ton of 512 bit composite numbers that are the products of two primes from JD Power & Associates. Factor them and publish the results. For a true 512 q-bit computer, this would be a trivial exercise.
Until you do that, D-Wave, I am more than skeptical...
Yeah I know how that works. No sooner will I save up enough for one of these and get it up and running and they'll come up with the 1024 qubit model that's available in a dozen designer colors for half the price.
Is that Code 42? I have the coffee cup for that...
With a math co-processor for good measure!
well you will need a really hot cup of tea for the Infinite Improbability Drive
This will be WAY, WAY, WAY (1000X more) outta MY league! A
man gal has GOT TO know her limitations. Clint Eastwood, sort of.
A cuppa would be nice, but what do you mean “Infinite Improbability Drive”? Why so negative?
No, no, that should read as an error code:
“Quantum process overrun — Cat died”
Reset Universe?(Y)es, (N)o, (U)ncertain
Ensure Universe is Backed Up.
Can we know get the answer for 1 divided by 0 now?
42. My wife doesn’t get it. She’s not the nerd I am. The problem is that people ask computers the wrong questions. Garbage in, garbage out. So if you ask a profound question and get the response 42, that’s your problem to understand it. Maybe they should ask this new computer, how does Obamacare work? We’ll probably need a more powerful computer.
What if we are just a simulation running on someone's desk somewhere?
For some reason I’m thinking about John Varley’s story “Press Enter”.
2^256 is such a miniscule fraction of 2^512 that it wouldn't even show up as one pixel on the display monitor.
If you meant to imply that half of the operations woudl be SVCHOST, then you should have said “2^511 of them will be SVCHOST”
As a percentage of 2^512, 2^256 is a very tine percent and probably sustainable error.