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Quantum computer works best switched off

NewScientist reported in February about UIUC researchers who managed to run a database query on a quantum computer without it even being switched on.

"Repeated measurements stop the photon from entering the actual program, but allow its quantum nature to flirt with the program's components - so it can become gradually altered even though it never actually passes through."

I've just spent two hours talking with Cat about how quantum computing may affect artificial intelligence and conscious machines. Geektastic. :P


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May. 17th, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
I must have missed that article then!

Now that is seriously interesting business, power saving, A.I. will go on the blink thinking 'Am I awake?' etc.

I miss having those conversations :(
May. 17th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
I think my brain just went into that superposition state

i wish i could have those kind of conversations with my girlfriend</small>
May. 17th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
but then it seems i can't even write HTML tags properly. I lose. :(
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