Powerful New Quantum Computers  

 

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01/11/2018 6:24 pm  

With faster and better networking, data wiring, software and components, we now see what might be the next step in computer evolution. The computer of the future or just another over-costly machine that will fall short of the hype?

 

Materials’ Quantum Leap

 
JEREMY LIEBMAN

The prospect of powerful new quantum computers comes with a puzzle. They’ll be capable of feats of computation inconceivable with today’s machines, but we haven’t yet figured out what we might do with those powers.

Materials' Quantum Leap
  • BreakthroughIBM has simulated the electronic structure of a small molecule, using a seven-qubit quantum computer.
  • Why It MattersUnderstanding molecules in exact detail will allow chemists to design more effective drugs and better materials for generating and distributing energy.
  • Key PlayersIBM; Google; Harvard’s Alán Aspuru-Guzik
  • Availability5 to 10 years

One likely and enticing possibility: precisely designing molecules.

Chemists are already dreaming of new proteins for far more effective drugs, novel electrolytes for better batteries, compounds that could turn sunlight directly into a liquid fuel, and much more efficient solar cells.

We don’t have these things because molecules are ridiculously hard to model on a classical computer. Try simulating the behavior of the electrons in even a relatively simple molecule and you run into complexities far beyond the capabilities of today’s computers.

But it’s a natural problem for quantum computers, which instead of digital bits representing 1s and 0s use “qubits” that are themselves quantum systems. Recently, IBM researchers used a quantum computer with seven qubits to model a small molecule made of three atoms.

It should become possible to accurately simulate far larger and more interesting molecules as scientists build machines with more qubits and, just as important, better quantum algorithms. —David Rotma

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01/11/2018 11:50 pm  

I want supper batteries and super solar cells to end the necessity of charging or refueling! And I want it YESTERDAY!  


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04/11/2018 1:09 pm  

Once they put Windows on it, it'll be less effective than a TRS-80.

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04/11/2018 1:11 pm  
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Once they put Windows on it, it'll be less effective than a TRS-80.

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04/11/2018 4:15 pm  

I am down to one Micro$hit Winblows 10 PC.  I have converted two former Winblows 10 units to Linux Mint over past week.  The Micro$hit crap sits in a room all alone and is run via RDP using the Remmina client.  It'll spend most of its time in sleep mode or flat powered down as I hardly need to use it.

I am done with Micro$hit other than that one.  Micro$hit will notice way less traffic from my IP address.

I just found the exact same Outlook bug a client has been screaming about over the past three days on my network too with the same triggers he has.  Micro$hit sucks more by the second.

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