Following on from my previous post on D-Wave’s “quantum computer”, it appears that the company is finally admitting that it isn’t really a quantum computer after all (read the article here). The current claim by CEO Herb Martin is
the machine is not a true quantum computer and is instead a kind of special-purpose machine that uses some quantum mechanics to solve problems.
Furthermore, he says
Users don’t care about quantum computing – users care about application acceleration. That’s our thrust. A general purpose quantum computer is a waste of time. You could spend hundreds of billions of dollars on it and not create a working computer.
Well that’s slightly different to the claims that were originally made before the demonstration.
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Hey Rohde. I can’t see the bar on the right of the page (in Safari). What is with that?
Anyway, Zac evans says hi. We have a new blog. Link ahoy.
Can you fix my link? It is pointing in the wrong direction.