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  1. 25 Sep '17 15:20
    This is an alternative to using quantum computers to solve problems too computatively difficult for traditional computers;

    https://phys.org/news/2017-09-supercomputer-based-magic-combination.html

    Interesting and it would be great if they devolved it but I wish they didn't use the vary unscientific sounding term "magic dust".
  2. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    25 Sep '17 15:37
    Originally posted by @humy
    This is an alternative to using quantum computers to solve problems too computatively difficult for traditional computers;

    https://phys.org/news/2017-09-supercomputer-based-magic-combination.html

    Interesting and it would be great if they devolved it but I wish they didn't use the vary unscientific sounding term "magic dust".
    I assume all this happened close to zero Kelvin. Here is the precursor article leading to the present research:

    https://phys.org/news/2014-11-spiral-laser-quantum-whirlpool.html#nRlv
  3. 26 Sep '17 05:56
    Originally posted by @humy
    Interesting and it would be great if they devolved it but I wish they didn't use the vary unscientific sounding term "magic dust".
    'Magic dust' is as unscientific expression as the 'god particle'.
    They use it to attract unscientific (read: religious) people to read the article.
  4. 26 Sep '17 07:31 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by @fabianfnas
    'Magic dust' is as unscientific expression as the 'god particle'.
    They use it to attract unscientific (read: religious) people to read the article.
    rather than saying it is "based on 'magic dust' ", they could say it is " based on 'polaritons' ", because it is. But that is hard for many people to remember so lets call that "pol-dust" and say it is " based on 'pol-dust' " and these computers are "dust-computers" that do "dust-computing".
  5. 26 Sep '17 10:54 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by @humy
    rather than saying it is "based on 'magic dust' ", they could say it is " based on 'polaritons' ", because it is. But that is hard for many people to remember so lets call that "pol-dust" and say it is " based on 'pol-dust' " and these computers are "dust-computers" that do "dust-computing".
    'Magic dust' sounds like some illegal drug or something.
    'Dust-computing' is better, but... I'd prefer polaritons.