1. Holy shit: Transparent "smart windows" are coming soon, and the gadget-lover in me wants one so bad I can feel it in my pores:
2. Meanwhile, the largest-ever quantum computation happened this week:
Vancouver-based quantum computer maker D-Wave Systems is the kind of company that often gets mixed reviews—either kudos for working on the very edge of a new and potentially groundbreaking technology, or dismissal for not exactly delivering the kind of Earth-shattering technology that people were perhaps expecting. Regardless, today D-Wave is marking one in the win column after announcing that it has achieved the world’s largest quantum computation using 84 qubits.
A quick quantum computing primer: qubits, or quantum bits, are the basic units of quantum information, comparable to (but quite different from) a classical bit. The main benefit of qubits is that they can exploit the laws of quantum mechanics to exist in two states simultaneously. In comparison to classical computing, that means a single superconducting qubit can exist as both a “one” and a “zero” at the same time, whereas a classical bit can only be one or the other.
While you're probably hoping the solution to the computation was 42, it was not: The answer was 8.