Quantum Computing


quotation from Marcus Chown's
The Quantum Zoo 

for more on quantum computing 1, 2, 3, 4


Posted by becky on 10/26/2009 6:19:40 PM
Homework is about learning how to do things, not getting a computer to find all the answers. There is no point in having all possible answers at your fingertips if you don't understand what questions to ask. This article is stupid.
Posted by irate old coot on 10/26/2009 6:58:30 PM
Posted by Thursty on 10/26/2009 9:46:16 PM
/agrees with irate old coot
Posted by irate old biddy on 10/27/2009 5:48:13 PM
Some stuff yes you have to understand, however most teachers and professors in post-secondary will agree arbitrary numbers and facts should not be memorized. You can look them up, and spend your time learning more important subjects. Likewise, complex calculations (ie problems that would take a trillion trillion years to find) should be done by computers. You try finding pi to the 1 billionth decimal by hand.
Posted by Julian on 10/27/2009 7:53:42 PM
Coot: that's the point of the comic. Quantum computers, if and when they are commercially available, will be great. However, it will also mean the end of tradition tasks (like question/answer homework). Learn to irony.
Posted by Old coot is a dumbass on 10/27/2009 10:17:10 PM
Irony is not a verb
Posted by Another Old Coot on 11/2/2009 1:21:55 PM
It could just be a commentary on the state of our education system, the absurdity of the assignments and the amount of time a child is expected to devote to school work. By the way do any of you old coots remember every homework assignment done as a kid? Probably not, it's trivial bs. The education one needs to progress in life is learned through out their scholastic career but primarily in higher education, not including social skills. Who really cares if a kid uses his computer to do his homework? Life is all about abusing the system, better off learning it early
Posted by yogurt on 11/4/2009 11:55:21 AM
All the quantum computers in the world could not teach grammar.
Posted by mcgrimus on 11/4/2009 12:40:58 PM
i agree with yogurt we spend hours a nite doing homw work that is simply for home works sake if the kid wants to use his computer to do these kinds of problems im all for it ...
Posted by clary on 11/6/2009 3:21:35 PM
Homework is a waste of time. I still learn plenty of useless crap when I don't do homework. And right now, I'm doing pretty good right now. Thank you.
Posted by Monty on 11/21/2009 8:30:01 PM
in 2041 the kids will have their quantum computer functionality only as part of the television/ telephony system they have built directly into their brains. they will be lucky to be able to read the question, never mind answer it. how many kids can use their computers to do anything more advanced than using google to plagiarize essays, now? you really have a shallow grasp of education if you think a computer can replace any part of it.
Posted by misanthropope on 11/25/2009 1:03:20 PM
I accidentally the whole irony!
Posted by None on 12/1/2009 11:53:24 AM
Actually Misanthrope the frequency of plagiarism has gone down since the computer.With programs like turn it in and such can research a vast number of books instantly to check for plagiarism kids who plagiarize get caught. But in the days of the old coots all they had was to get a book that the teacher hasn't read. furthermore you have to realize education evolves thousands of years ago the implementation of zero was a big deal now we have evolved passed that and use machines to do trival calculations. Do you really think that any of the advanced physics equations could be done if we didn't have supercomputers to cover all the "basics" It would be much the same in 2041. What we consider advanced now will be basic to the future generations and done by machines thus allowing them to work on even more advanced problems.
Posted by Tanner on 12/5/2009 9:57:50 PM
it's just a funny joke. You shouldn't take it so seriously
Posted by Moses on 12/7/2009 8:05:49 AM
Well, perhaps designing that task was the homework...
Posted by Konradius on 12/8/2009 6:45:52 AM
I don't know why the future is always treated with such disdain. You really have to be just obsessively fixated on the nostalgia of older more difficult times to not see the beauty in the technological advancements of our time. Honestly, is it laziness to use a high powered telescope to see the stars as opposed to an old Galilean telescope? Is it laziness to use a cherry picker rather than just climbing up the tree to pick the cherries by hand? No, it isn't when we have the fundamentals covered for us we can use the same amount of energy to make much more progress. The future you fear will soon be the nostalgic past of another. And, Moses, neither humans nor existence itself is going to cater to your desire for things to be light-hearted. Life is serious most of the time; the future this comic is predicting is serious.
Posted by White_Space on 12/12/2009 4:09:31 PM

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