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Quantum Computer Passes Math Test, But Doesn't Answer the Big Question - Wired Science

Quantum Computer Passes Math Test, But Doesn't Answer the Big Question - Wired Science | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

A well-known problem called the “party problem” asks what the minimum number of guests you would need to invite to a gathering to ensure that a small subset is made of people who all know each other and another who all don’t. Solutions to this problem are given in what’s known as Ramsey numbers. Calculating the minimum number of guests to ensure groups of three strangers and three friends is fairly easy (the answer is six). But increasing the number of people makes the solution increasingly hard to calculate, with most Ramsey numbers being beyond the capability of our current computers.

D-Wave’s device was able to implement an algorithm to calculate Ramsey numbers for different configurations, though none that weren’t already known from previous work. The findings appeared Sept. 25 in Physical Review Letters.

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from the article: "While noting that the D-Wave experiment’s calculations were correct, the authors of a commentary piece in the same issue wrote that “many more tests would be needed to conclude that the logical elements are functioning as qubits and that the device is a real quantum computer.”

 
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D-Wave CTO Geordie Rose: Machine Learning is Progressing Faster Than You Think

D-Wave CTO Geordie Rose: Machine Learning is Progressing Faster Than You Think | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
D-wave CTO Geordie Rose talks about quantum computing, AI and the technological singularity. Check out the full interview at SingularityWeblog.com
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