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Semantics…’tomato-tomahto’

Only four days have passed since Google Scientists made their historic announcement for achieving “quantum supremacy”, a landmark event in computer science. However, in a well timed preemptive strike, chief competitor IBM objected stating: ”…the world’s most powerful supercomputer can nearly keep pace with Google’s new quantum machine”, Sycamore.

“Quantum supremacy”, according to theoretical physicist John Preskill, is ”the moment when a quantum computer finally surpasses even the best supercomputer”. Other experts ”interpret quantum supremacy to mean the moment a quantum computer performs a calculation that, for all practical purposes, a classical computer can’t match”. The sticking point here is the word ‘practical’; objecting scientists prefer a more meticulous metric. Most agree there is ‘something’ here, but differ on what it should be called. How very ‘quantum’; from the Latin quantus = ‘how much'…Semantics.

Source: Google and IBM Clash Over Milestone Quantum Computing Experiment



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Beginner’s Guide to Quantum Computing 1085 Dr. Troglodyte 25-Oct-19 19:06
Sycamore <> Quantum Supremacy 123 Dr. Troglodyte 25-Oct-19 20:25
News from the Dark Side 104 Dr. Troglodyte 28-Oct-19 18:16
Re: News from the Dark Side 131 D-Archer 29-Oct-19 12:09
Re: There is no such thing as Quantum Computing 121 D-Archer 26-Oct-19 08:09
Re: There is no such thing as Quantum Computing 116 Dr. Troglodyte 26-Oct-19 15:30
Re: There is no such thing as Quantum Computing 105 D-Archer 27-Oct-19 09:47
Re: There is no such thing as Quantum Computing 114 Dr. Troglodyte 27-Oct-19 13:50
Re: There is no such thing as Quantum Computing 103 D-Archer 28-Oct-19 08:47
Clash of Titans 111 Dr. Troglodyte 27-Oct-19 18:07
Re: Clash of Titans 110 D-Archer 28-Oct-19 08:47
New Player: Photon Boson Sampling 92 Dr. Troglodyte 08-Nov-19 20:12
Re: New Player: Photon Boson Sampling 107 D-Archer 09-Nov-19 14:22
Re: New Player: Photon Boson Sampling 90 ianw16 15-Nov-19 14:44
Re: New Player: Photon Boson Sampling 88 D-Archer 17-Nov-19 11:34
Quantum Engineering Challenges 74 Dr. Troglodyte 05-Dec-19 17:44
Re: Quantum Engineering for the mentally Challenged 94 D-Archer 06-Dec-19 14:28
Colliding Blocks<>Pi<>Quantum Search Algorithm 40 Dr. Troglodyte 27-Jan-20 00:21
Re: Colliding Blocks<>Pi<>Quantum Search Algorithm 64 D-Archer 27-Jan-20 10:28


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