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$10,000,000 Quantum Computer!

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  1. ReALeST

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    VANCOUVER — When the world's largest defence contractor reportedly paid $10 million for a superfast quantum computer, the Burnaby, B.C., company that built it earned a huge vote of confidence.
    Two years after Lockheed Martin acquired the first commercially viable quantum computer from D-Wave Systems, the American aerospace and technology giant is once again throwing its weight behind a technology many thought was still the stuff of science fiction.
    Lockheed Martin has just upgraded its D-Wave One quantum computer to the D-Wave Two, a machine the company's founder Geordie Rose said is
    500,000 times faster than its predecessor, which was already faster than a conventional computer.
    "I don't think we would have been able to succeed to the extent that we have without them," said Rose of Lockheed Martin's investment.
    Quantum computers operate at speeds unattainable by even today's most powerful supercomputers, operations that are so fast, they can process millions of calculations in a fraction of the months, even years, traditional computers take.
    They can even be taught and can recognize objects in images, a task standard computers struggle with.
    The computers are so advanced that Ray Johnson, Lockheed's chief technical officer, told the New York Times his company would use the technology to create and test complex radar, space and aircraft systems.
    Rose wouldn't say how much Lockheed Martin paid for the computer, but several tech blogs put the number at $10 million.
    It's a big win for D-Wave, said Rose, who has battled skeptics who questioned the legitimacy of his quantum technology — a technology he noted no other company is working on today.
    If the company continues on the same path, it will release a new, faster commercial processor every two years, said Rose who graduated from the University of British Columbia with a PhD in theoretical physics.
    "It will be like the Wright brothers taking off," he said. "There will be an entirely new thing that wasn't possible before."
    D-Wave set up in Burnaby because the city was already home to all of its founders, Rose said, and when they looked to expand and considered other cities, the reasons to stay multiplied.
    Rose said while he plans to keep D-Wave in Burnaby, he finds it annoying that Metro Vancouver, with all of its obvious positive attributes, doesn't have more depth in the technology sector.
    "Canada has a beautiful system of supporting researchers and the generation of immensely valuable ideas," said Rose. "But taking the bull by the horns and making it into a hundred-billion-dollar business just doesn't happen."




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    How many gigaflops of processing power does it have is what they should be saying,to give people a better idea of how powerful it is.
     
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    OMG the hyper intelligent AI has already hacked it's way out to the internet and is to censoring any information about it existence.

    That's a wrap for humanity folks :/
     
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    Thats cheap, considering that computers are supposed to be incharge of the world, blah blah blah, and the best one in the world costs 10 million.
     
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    This is going to cost $24.99 and fit in our phones in about 25 years. In 27 years, it will be outdated technology.
     
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    Now that its aware of its own existence, and is clearly indifferent to humanity, it will either spark a nuclear apocalypse or just simply surpass our understanding of science and enslave us all with it's telepathic powers.

    I can see that it has edited my post above, adding numerous grammar mistakes so that no one takes me seriously. Clever girl.
     
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    In all seriousness, This is a significant shift in the paradigm. In the long run, it will affect humanity more than any other technology we have ever seen. It is bigger than the industrial revolution, or the invention of forging steel.

    In a decade or two, what seems impossible today will become routine. And we are going to need more energy than ever.
     
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    Can't wait till we get general quantum devices to the market no matter the price (even if they cost $10mil or whatever). I thought D-wave was a massive scam for a long time (since when they first made their claims in 2007 IIRC), however their recent publications seem real enough and this indeed appears to be a chip (a collection of chips) with (some limited) quantum capabilities. Of course we haven't quite figured out how to make this stable enough for general computing yet and the architecture mentioned in the article is most probably built to solve one specific problem.

    At quantum speeds though... so there you go. Here's to our great, future machine overlords!
     
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    Does anyone know how powerful this one quantum computer is? Would it be more powerful then a super computer built with 5,000 7990's and 2,500 core i7s?
     
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    what a steal
     
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    Not yet because as indicated above no one knows how much quantum power the computer is utilizing. The electron has 32 states at the quantum level. This means that instead of having the traditional 1s and 0's (plus-minus, on-off, or however you look at it) as the only values available for each cycle of the processor, they may be using 6 or more of these available states. As far as I know no one has figured out how to harness all 32 states. of quantum computing.

    Each state available is an exponential increase in computing power, not a multiplication of an increase.
    Coupling this technology with the technology to transport photons with information on them instantaneously with no loss of data recently developed, and exciting things are on the horizon.

    The star trek transporter is actually now not only a scientific possibility, but now merely a matter of raw research and the scientific application of proven but still developing technologies.

    Raw research just got a a half million times faster.
     
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    My bad....i actually ususualy use the black theme but changed to white about a week ago....anyway am sorry!:)
     
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    They claim to have sold a 128 qubit computer. Now how many qubits are under control and for how long (usually, in a lab setting, close to none...) is a question left to be asked. However, assuming their claims are true and also assuming that a genreal quantum computing device will be produced (which this one isnt as it requires more qubits), the speed difference will be ridiculously hard to imagine. Lets just say that the strongest encryption algos (by far not the best example, as this doesn't really demonstrate true general quantum computing applications. Just a short hack so to say...), could be broken in mere seconds instead of years.

    Of course there's a whole emerging field called "post-quantum" encryption coming up which doesn't strictly rely on factorization. Good times are ahead!
     
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