Obviously her graduate advisor was milking her eagerness to focus on one problem but what is truly amazing is that they gave her the latitude to fail so many times and at the end let her take all the credit.
Yeah, and it's made newsworthy because it's a woman that did it. Phrasing of the title, beginning of the article, UC Berkeley. It is a great achievement, but the pricks behind the article wrote the piece in tribute to political correctness.
Normal computers are based on the fundamental idea that little pieces of them are either "ON" or "OFF". Quantum computers can be "ON", "OFF", or *both* until you take a look at them and see what they really are - think Schrödinger's cat, and lifting the box to see how the cat really is. We can do a lot of interesting things with that, and essentially bypass a lot of the limits that normal computers have.
Quantum computers are super cool, but complicated and difficult to make sense of. Messy results. This discovery could make them significantly less messy and make them more practical, opening up a gateway to future advancements.
A better explanation can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/r/futurology/comments/9o3orq/_/e7so5bd?context=1000
Sure. But it's like a ponzi scheme. If you are the 1st one in you going to do just fine. So someone's gonna have to plan ahead for when they crack the bitcoin network to take advantage of their invasion. They will have to work fast to get the bit coins and then convert them into cash equivalents. That could be a quantum level problem in itself.
I've noticed this really alarming trend of extremely beautiful women doing extraordinarily impressive things recently. As a woman who has always prided myself on being pretty average-looking but reasonably attractive compared to most of the really smart people, and kind of lazy but pretty accomplished compared to all the really hot people, I feel that Ms. Mahadev is really being unsportsmanlike, here.
I find it disturbing that anyone cares about any feature of this person other than their work. I don’t find it remarkable at all that a woman, whatever her qualities, can do remarkable research in science. She’s a human...humans are smart.
I know a lot of women researchers and they want to be treated just like men...no one cares about what a man looks like, or even if it is a man or a woman.
You don’t need quantum computing to break security. [Human laziness and stupidity](https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/4/17935868/chinese-spies-microchip-hack-servers-apple-amazon-supermicro) will always be the weakest link.
There's this process in the growth of humanity called "Research & Design", in the "Research" portion, roadblocks are addressed in a systematic way, such that the engineers aren't sitting on the floor banging rocks together.
AND IT IS A WOMAN!!!! Didn't mean to scream that but having just put my amazing daughter through college who proceeded to kick ass in a biological and chemical engineering degree, I can't pretend this isn't a super awesome example of why women need to see their enormous value beyond the eye candy that some men and Hollywood would like to reduce them to. Be pretty. That is fine but also be fierce and dedicated to something other than superficial beauty. Our world may very well depend on you reaching your full intellectual potential. GO GIRLS!
Yes absolutely! It was a very inspiring story for myself as well. It's unfortunate that so many in this thread feel immediately threatened by the fact that she is a woman, and want to downplay her success.
But that is all the more reason to continue encouraging women to press on! So that they too may leave their mark on humanity.
I've said this before in another news website where this was posted. It appears that she is increasing the time complexity of the problem to get the solution out of the quantum computer. Which means that even though a quantum computer is solving the problem, it would take almost the same time as a non quantum computer with similar power. So her research is basically just saying "a quantum computer might theoretically be able to solve your computation but it'll take almost the same time as a von neumann machine". So theres no practical application of her work other than a 'soft' proof that quantum computers might be able to solve your problem.
At least thats what I got from it. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
I didn't get a sense that the validation added so much to the compute time that it would negate the use of quantum computers entirely. Even if it did though, that could still be useful in scenarios where quantum is only needed at larger scales. An algorithm could be validated at small scale and then repeated at useful scales after it is known to preform as expected. Though, I'm no expert either.
It's a step to the right direction. We are starting to hit our end with the amount of processing chips therefore we will need to find another method to further expedite our tech growth. This might be a sure way to do so. Quantum computing has no limitations and we are starting to improve its performance.
An example quantum computer doesn't just solve 1+1= x in which case normal computing will state 2.
It solves an infinite amount of ways 1+1= X which is highly more valuable than normal computing.
so am I understanding this correctly, if you ask quantum computer a simple linear and 3 dimensional question it essentially will give you all potential answers and we have to algorithmically dumb it down to one probable answer that we initially asked?
it feels like we have found a theoretical door to something bigger, lets say a multidimensional reality and we did this without actually understanding it, we are just getting good at looking smaller and smaller things... in a weird way we are slowly starting to reach limits of 3d dimensioness so to speak :)
All the quantum computing stuff is based on simple quantum theory that's been around for many decades, there's nothing about quantum computing that doesn't fundamentally fall under well established theory in that sense. It's just the computer science and physical implementation aspects that are really difficult right now and will take lots of brilliant people to iron out.