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Submission + - Are We Entering A "Golden Age Of Quantum Computing Research"? (fastcompany.com)

Lashdots writes: Last month, an elite team at IBM Research team announced an advance in quantum computing: it had built a four-qubit square lattice of superconducting qubits, roughly one-quarter-inch square, that was capable of detecting and measuring the two types of quantum computing errors (bit-flip and phase-flip). Previously, it was only possible to address one type of quantum error or the other. The next step is to correct quantum errors.

In a blog post, Mark Ritter, who oversees scientists and engineers at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Laboratory, wrote: "I believe we’re entering what will come to be seen as the golden age of quantum computing research." His team, he said, is "on the forefront of efforts to create the first true quantum computer." But what would that mean, and what other big next steps are there?

Comment Re:I'm gonna need ... (Score 1) 269

The real question is, at what point do anecdotes become statistically important? How man individual stories do we need to hear before a trends start to emerge? Maybe there's nothing to it, but gather enough personal experience and at the least you will see if and where further investigation is warranted.

Comment Re:my experience: (Score 1) 269

Fragmentation is just Apple's attempt to generate Android FUD. I've owned Android phones since the G1 was release in 2008. I've rarely run into incompatibility issues due to OS or hardware. Doesn't mean it won't happen. Just means it isn't as big a deal as Apple likes to see made out of it. Sure, if you break down the distribution by manufacturer, then Apple appears to be leading the world. Of course, someone should ask Gil Amelio how that analysis worked for Apple back in the 90's.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 0) 89

A friend of mine has worked installing automotive glass for years. Every time someone asks him, "I want a sun roof but how I do I keep it from leaking?" his response is simple. "If you don't want leaks, don't cut a hole in the roof of your car." I've watched the computer industry over the last 30+ years and if there is anything to be learned from history, there is no such thing a "secure" system. Wanna keep a secret? Don't write it down and don't tell anyone.

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