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Google Supercomputing

Google Demonstrates Quantum Computer Image Search 106

Posted by Soulskill
from the superposition-of-evil-and-not-evil dept.
An anonymous reader sends along this quote from New Scientist: "Google's web services may be considered cutting edge, but they run in warehouses filled with conventional computers. Now the search giant has revealed it is investigating the use of quantum computers to run its next generation of faster applications. Writing on Google's research blog this week, Hartmut Neven, head of its image recognition team, reveals that the Californian firm has for three years been quietly developing a quantum computer that can identify particular objects in a database of stills or video (PDF). Google has been doing this, Neven says, with D-Wave, a Canadian firm that has developed an on-chip array of quantum bits — or qubits — encoded in magnetically coupled superconducting loops."
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Google Demonstrates Quantum Computer Image Search

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  • Noooooo (Score:5, Funny)

    by iamapizza (1312801) on Sunday December 13, 2009 @10:19AM (#30422706)

    ... for three years been quietly developing a quantum computer that can identify particular objects in a database of stills or video

    I call foul - they're changing the results by observing it!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 13, 2009 @10:37AM (#30422828)

    Google SSL: Search for SSL keys, kindly recovered by Google using quantum computers.

  • by ZeroExistenZ (721849) on Sunday December 13, 2009 @12:19PM (#30423464)

    Is a girl, white tshirt, nipples are showing, hair is in a bun ... Then searchers can really search for images that fit patterns and find them.

    She's gone man, cherish the memory of that chick at the pool. No quantum computer will bring her back so you can "facebook" her :P

  • by Hinhule (811436) on Sunday December 13, 2009 @12:23PM (#30423478)

    The black part is just your mind cencoring the memory. ;)

  • by Pflipp (130638) on Sunday December 13, 2009 @12:37PM (#30423570)

    Google has made it difficult both to find out where they keep their data centers and how many they have.

    Well, you can get to know either, but just not both at the same time.

    That's quantum for ya.

  • by RevWaldo (1186281) on Sunday December 13, 2009 @05:17PM (#30425632)
    Test User: OK, so what you're saying is that if I search for lolcats using Google's quantum image search, it will give me an array of lolcat images to choose from, but until I open the image we won't know if the lolcat is funny or not funny? That makes sense.

    Google Scientist: Actually, before you look at the image the lolcat is in a state of superposition. Before your look at the photo it can be both funny AND not funny. By the act of you observing the photo it settles into one of those two states.

    Test user: So there's a 50/50 chance of the exact same photo being funny or not funny?

    Google Scientist: Essentially yes. Well, unless you go by the "many worlds" model, which states that if you look at the picture, you become entangled with the lolcat, so that the observation of the humor of the lolcat, and the actual humor of the lolcat are joined together. There will exist a universe where you find the image funny, and a universe where you find the image not funny, but these two universes cannot inform each other of these two different states.

    Test User: I think I understand.

    Google Scientist: Go ahead, click on one of the images from the search.

    Test User: Now, you're sure nothing bad will happen? No black holes will open up or anything?

    Google Scientist (amused): Yes, I'm absolutely sure.

    Test User: OK, I'll try this one. [cheezburger.com]

    (The user clicks the image.)

    Test User: OH NOES! (faints.)
  • Re:Noooooo (Score:2, Funny)

    by maxwell demon (590494) on Sunday December 13, 2009 @08:51PM (#30427084) Journal

    Yes and no.

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