Author Archives: Henning Dekant

Who is watching the watchmen gatekeepers?

Almost every human activity in the first world has been impacted by technology. Our means of production have been fundamentally altered, and while creating enormous wealth, the changes have often been disruptive, painfully so at times. As this ongoing transformation … Continue reading

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Quantum Computing Coming of Age

Are We There Yet? That’s the name of the talk that Daniel Lidar recently gave at Google (h/t Sol Warda who posted this in a previous comment). Spoiler alert, I will summarize some of the most interesting aspects of this … Continue reading

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Nuclear Confusion Versus Dead-End Certainty?

While I am working on my next  blog post, this excellent update on the state of fusion research from the Polywell Blog author John Smith shouldn’t go unnoticed.  He makes a strong case that the US is neglecting promising avenues towards self-sustained nuclear … Continue reading

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The Year That Was <insert expletive of your choice>

Usually, I like to start a new year on an upbeat note, but this time I just cannot find the right fit. I was considering whether to revisit technology that can clean water – lauding the effort of the Bill Gates … Continue reading

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The Race Towards Universal Quantum Computing – Lost in Confusion

If headlines and news articles were all you had to go by when trying to form an opinion about quantum computing, you’d end up with one enormous migraine. For many years now, they have created a constant barrage of conflicting story lines. … Continue reading

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The Unintentional Obsfuscation of Physics

Sometimes it only takes one person’s untimely demise to change history. There’s an entire genre of literature that explores these possibilities, typically involving the biggest baddies of human history. The following video is an artful example that makes this point … Continue reading

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Je me souviens

Usually I don’ t post anything political here.  This time I make an exception.  I hope it will remain the only one.  

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Progressing from the God Particle to the Gay Particle

… and other physics and QC news The ‘god particle’, aka the Higgs boson, received a lot of attention, not that this wasn’t warranted, but I can’t help but suspect that the justification of the CERN budget is partly to blame … Continue reading

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What Defines a Quantum Computer?

Recently a friend of mine observed in an email discussion “I must admit I find it a little difficult to keep up with the various definitions of quantum computing.” A healthy sign for an enlightened confusion, because this already sets … Continue reading

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The Google-Martinis Chip Will Perform Quantum Annealing

Ever since the news that John M. Martinis will join Google to develop a chip based on the work that has been performed at UCSB, speculations abound as to what kind of quantum architecture this chip will implement.  According to … Continue reading

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