Originally posted by watch_the_rocks
I don't think I quite understand what is so important about this . . .
Perhaps someone could explain what's so amazing about this advancment?
And what is all this I hear about parallel universes and unravelling space-time and portals? It's just a computer.
I can explain in a nutshell.
Basically a standard processor works in binary.
That's 0's and 1's.
So the total power of a binary system is times by two every unit of processing power you add.
For a 2 bit system you can get 4 iterations in Boolean such as: -
However... a quantum computer works in super position, in other words a unit can be both 0 and 1 at the same time. This increases the total number of
iterations a 2 Q(bit) system.
For a 2 qBit system you can get 12 iterations in Boolean such as: -
This is why quantum computers are a significant development. They vastly increase our processing power and will smash moore's law.
Where the parallel universe scenario comes from is in the explaining of how the hell something can be both on and off at the same time.
A quantum computer uses the power of quantum superposition.
Which in layman's terms could be thought of as accessing the processing power of the exact same computer but in a different universe, parallel to our
In a 2 qBit system you would be accessing the power of machines in 8 other universes.
And if you think that’s strange then what about the idea that in fact you may get an answer from a quantum machine even before you run the
Quantum computer solves problem, without running
Or what about running a programme then, turning the quantum computer off to get an answer faster...
Seth Lloyd A pioneer of quantum computing believes the universe is a
Quantum computer works best switched off
Some would say… Including myself that the entire universe is in fact a quantum computer…
Quantum mechanic Seth Lloyd says we really are controlled by a computer.
This is indeed an exciting day.
And all of this amassing stuff and what does BBC news have on their tech page??
Teraflops chip points to future
The future has never looked brighter!!
All the best,
[edit on 13-2-2007 by Neon Haze]