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Google’s quantum supremacy algorithm has found its first practical use

  • Google is putting its supreme algorithm to work.
  • In October, the company announced that they had reached quantum supremacy – the point at which a quantum computer can complete a task that no classical computer could practically achieve – with an algorithm that could verify that a given set of numbers was randomly distributed.
  • Now, that algorithm is finding its first practical use as a random number generator.
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Quantum computer sets new record for finding prime number factors

  • Quantum computers could one day threaten the safety of the internet by breaking encryption – and now they are a step closer.
  • A quantum computing start-up company called Zapata has worked with IBM to develop a new way to factor large numbers, using it on the largest number that has been factored with a quantum computer so far.
  • The team found that 1,099,551,473,989 is equal to 1,048,589 multiplied by 1,048,601.
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Revolt! Scientists Say They're Sick of Quantum Computing's Hype

  • People now tag the detector, @BullshitQuantum, to request its take on specific articles, which the account obliges with an uncomplicated “Bullshit” or “Not bullshit.” Not everyone celebrates the detector, with one physicist calling the detector “ignorant” and condemning its “lack of talent and bad taste” in response to a negative verdict on his own work.
  • While Bermejo-Vega thinks Google’s demonstration does provide scientific value of the technology’s viability, she emphasizes their success was “narrow.” In addition, all quantum computers, including Google’s, perform inconsistently because they are prone to errors that researchers don’t know how to correct.
  • On Wednesday, Mueck, Bermejo-Vega, and fourteen other signatories, including two quantum researchers at Microsoft, published a letter to the editor in Nature titled, “Supremacy is for racists—use ‘quantum advantage,’” in which they made the case for changing the language.

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