Even for the crazy world of quantum mechanics, this one is
twisted. A quantum computer program has produced an answer without
This scheme could have an advantage over straightforward quantum
computing. “A non-running computer produces fewer errors,” says
Hosten. That sentiment should have technophobes nodding
into Darkness, Quantum
computer works best switched off
While it's true that a computer turned off produces vast amounts of
nothing really fast, so does a burned out light bulb. And the very fact
that there's still a program means there are bugs (proof? “Every program
has at least one bug and can be shortened by at least one instruction—from
which, by induction, one can deduce that every program can be reduced to one
instruction which doesn't work.” Q.E.D.”)
so it's still far from evident that a non-running quantum computer will have
fewer errors than a running quantum computer.
I guess these guys haven't heard of Heisenbugs.
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