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The Quantum Quest for a Revolutionary Computer (Jeff Bezo's "Infinity Machine")
Time Magazine ^ | 2-17-14 | Lev Grossman

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 that’s so radical and strange, people are still trying to figure out what it’s 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. That’s 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 we’re burying ourselves in ­­information—search queries, genomes, credit-card purchases, phone records, retail transactions, social media, geological surveys, climate data, surveillance videos, movie recommendations—and D-Wave just happens to be selling

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: bezos; computer; computing; dwave; dwavecomputer; infinitycomputer; science
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. That’s more calculations than there are atoms in the universe, by many orders of magnitude…. Read more:

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2164806,00.html

I could see the Terminator going back in time to throw this chip into the steel--

1 posted on 02/10/2014 7:37:20 PM PST by equalator
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To: equalator

So I can get bad data even faster. Cool!!


2 posted on 02/10/2014 7:40:20 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: Hardastarboard

Or you can get your Pr0n faster.


3 posted on 02/10/2014 7:41:07 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Somewhere in Russia, a mob programmer is already writing code for that....

/johnny

4 posted on 02/10/2014 7:45:10 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: equalator

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.


5 posted on 02/10/2014 7:52:33 PM PST by Flick Lives (Got a problem with the government? Have a complaint. Get a free IRS audit!)
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To: dfwgator

I want one! I want to get my PrOn faster! ;-)


6 posted on 02/10/2014 7:54:45 PM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: equalator

Will it run Photoshop?


7 posted on 02/10/2014 7:56:46 PM PST by Bronzewound (Lost Hope & Loose Change)
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To: dfwgator; Hardastarboard

Won't run Win 8 tho.

8 posted on 02/10/2014 7:59:23 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: JRandomFreeper

He’s also writing a hacking program for it as well.


9 posted on 02/10/2014 7:59:52 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: martin_fierro

how about CPM?


10 posted on 02/10/2014 7:59:57 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: equalator

11 posted on 02/10/2014 8:00:47 PM PST by HangnJudge
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Imagine pumping all the data allegedly collected by the NSA into this apparatus — it could probably then be taught to compute “intuitively”.


12 posted on 02/10/2014 8:00:55 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: equalator

“could perform 2^512 operations simultaneously”

And 2^256 of them will be “SVCHOST”


13 posted on 02/10/2014 8:01:53 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: equalator
The only quantum computers out there today are all Adiabatic quantum machines. There are some 512 qubit machines made in Canada and some of those are in the US but adiabatic just ain’t gonna cut it for factoring primes and similar problems..IMO.

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.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3037834/posts?page=10#10

14 posted on 02/10/2014 8:04:05 PM PST by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Somewhere in Nigeria, scammers are busy writing new Nigerian 419 emails for that code.


15 posted on 02/10/2014 8:08:40 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Flick Lives

> That would be the NSA. Think of brute forcing any password in seconds.

They already can depending on the number of digits involved.


16 posted on 02/10/2014 8:10:22 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: bigbob

> “could perform 2^512 operations simultaneously”

And 2^256 of them will be “SVCHOST”

System overload...


17 posted on 02/10/2014 8:11:47 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: equalator

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...


18 posted on 02/10/2014 8:19:49 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: equalator
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.

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.

19 posted on 02/10/2014 8:38:26 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: HangnJudge

Is that Code 42? I have the coffee cup for that...


20 posted on 02/10/2014 8:40:33 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: ElkGroveDan

With a math co-processor for good measure!


21 posted on 02/10/2014 8:41:36 PM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: Kackikat

well you will need a really hot cup of tea for the Infinite Improbability Drive


22 posted on 02/10/2014 8:49:44 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: equalator
Hah, will they have the Yahoo games on it?
As long as I can play some on-line bridge, cribbage, gin and hearts, I'll be a happy camper.

This will be WAY, WAY, WAY (1000X more) outta MY league! A man gal has GOT TO know her limitations. Clint Eastwood, sort of.

23 posted on 02/10/2014 9:18:33 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: HangnJudge

A cuppa would be nice, but what do you mean “Infinite Improbability Drive”? Why so negative?


24 posted on 02/10/2014 9:26:02 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: martin_fierro

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.


25 posted on 02/10/2014 10:03:33 PM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: equalator

Can we know get the answer for 1 divided by 0 now?


26 posted on 02/10/2014 10:05:24 PM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: HangnJudge

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.


27 posted on 02/10/2014 11:45:49 PM PST by roadcat
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To: equalator
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. That’s more calculations than there are atoms in the universe, by many orders of magnitude…. Read more:

What if we are just a simulation running on someone's desk somewhere?

28 posted on 02/11/2014 12:10:05 AM PST by GraceG
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To: equalator

For some reason I’m thinking about John Varley’s story “Press Enter”.


29 posted on 02/11/2014 4:23:08 AM PST by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: bigbob
“could perform 2^512 operations simultaneously”......“And 2^256 of them will be “SVCHOST”

2^256 is such a miniscule fraction of 2^512 that it wouldn't even show up as one pixel on the display monitor.

30 posted on 02/11/2014 5:46:06 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Kackikat
The Infinite Improbability Drive Explained
31 posted on 02/11/2014 6:32:54 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; ShadowAce

Thanks equalator.


32 posted on 02/16/2014 8:07:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: bigbob

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.


33 posted on 02/19/2014 6:24:10 PM PST by spockmonster
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