November 28, 2002

Inching Towards the Supreme Computer
Here's an article from The New Scientist on how scientists have just successfully completed the first baby steps towards constructing a quantum computer. Just what is a quantum computer and why should you, the non-geeks, care? Well, consider this example: Theoretically speaking, if you had a multiplication table that went from 0 to 1024 on both dimensions, it would take a traditional computer over a million calculations to find all the numbers in the table. A quantum computer could find all those numbers with exactly 1 calculation. Get the picture?
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