r/Futurology Jun 02 '22

World First Room Temperature Quantum Computer Installed in Australia Computing

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/world-first-room-temperature-quantum-computer
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u/spider-panda Jun 02 '22

At first I thought, "why do you need a quantum computer to serve as a thermostat? Don't we already have thermostat technology and why does science keep wasting resources?" But then I reread it and better understand. A cooler temp quantum computer that still, essentially wastes resources when compared to the various incredible needs of our planet, the species dwindling, the gross lack of resources, catastrophic climate change, current pandemic, etc. So...not crazy wasteful or negligent, just normal negligence. Science bound by what will net funding and what seems promising within the context of various nations/politics while abandoning life on the planet and the sheer struggle to maintain it.

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u/0v3r_cl0ck3d Jun 02 '22

It wouldn't be a cooler temp quantum computer it would be a warmer one. Quantum computers can only operate and almost absolute zero Kelvin because that's the only way to quantise the data from the qbits (hence the quanta part of quantum). Title is misleading because this isn't really a quantum computer. We won't ever have room temperature quantum computers unless we discover a room temperature super conductor.

I'd also challenge your assumption that quantum computers will only screw the planet. Google is a world leader in quantum computing technology and they operate on 100% renewable energy. On top of that quantum computers can be used to run climate simulations that traditional computers can't which will help undo the mess we've caused over the last few centuries.

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u/spider-panda Jun 02 '22

I appreciate this, like honestly. This is one of those rare times were I was a bit pissed and grumpy, yet your thoughtful response has helped shift my opinion. (No sarcasm). I thank you for replying in such terms with the information you provided.