Quantum Bayesian Networks

November 25, 2011

Il Trionfo Di King Kong (The Triumph of King Kong)

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 3:16 pm

“King Kong vs. Godzilla” (1962) is a Japanese movie which has been translated to more languages than the Bible. (Eat your heart out Akira Kurosawa) As one might expect, there is an extensive Wikipedia entry for this important cultural classic. Here are some of its original movie posters, in various languages.

If you want to see many more posters for this movie, go here.

Ahhh, they don’t make movies like they used to. 

Who wins the fight? I promise not to tell. 

Currently there is a titanic battle raging on between Geordie Rose (alias King Kong, founder and Chief Technology Officer of D-Wave), and Scott Aaronson (alias Godzilla, or just God to his converts, MIT professor of theoretical computer science). 

We were taught in English class to look for the deep symbolism in everything mentioned in a novel, even if it’s a Harry Potter novel, for crying out loud. So let’s say that in this case, for the purposes of this, my book report, I’ll say that Geordie Rose symbolizes QC Industry and Scott Aaronson symbolizes QC Academia. 

One would think that Academia and Industry would be natural friends and allies. But for some reason, they aren’t. They are always poopooing each other. Besides, Society is goading them to fight on. She enjoys watching a good death-match between two gladiators. 

Recently Geordie/King Kong/Industry has been throwing some heavy barrels in the direction of Scott/Godzilla/Academia. In modern times, we need a photo, taken with an iPhone, to corroborate what we are saying, to capture the moment and post it on Facebook. So here is a photo capturing the moment.

Of course, this photo is deeply symbolic of something or other. Indeed, it symbolizes that recently Geordie/King Kong has landed some painful punches on Scott/Godzilla. Six months ago, King Kong signed a 10 million dollar contract with Lockheed Martin, and this week he has finished installing one of his computers at USC (University of Southern Calf.) at Marina del Rey, thus creating the first Quantum Computing Center ever. One can imagine how Shakespeare would have seen it: 
Industria: “Eateth thy heart out, MIT”. 
Academia: “Et tu, USC-Brute? Then fall, MIT-Caesar!”. 
USC’s California weather sure beats MIT’s crappy Boston weather. MIT should thank God for IQC at Waterloo (whose weather is even crappier). 

King Kong is also doing some REAL quantum computer programming instead of the ersatz variety. He is fostering the field of quantum computer programming by opening a “developer portal“. Very nice move, King Kong! 

I wouldn’t discount Godzilla yet, though. He might get as angry as a hornet’s nest, and respond with a surprise hook to the jaw. He might unleash upon King Kong a terrifying theorem that gives a lower bound on the complexity of an algorithm that solves some obscure problem that no one has ever heard of. 


  1. Man I like this post 🙂

    Comment by Geordie — November 25, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

  2. BTW not the first time I’ve been compared to a giant ape.

    Comment by Geordie — November 25, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

  3. Nothing better for publicity than some well stirred controversy.

    Comment by Henning Dekant — November 25, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

  4. Initially, I was just going to report on D-Wave’s developer portal, but I’m afraid I got a little carried away writing the introduction. Oh well, very few people read this blog anyway.

    Comment by rrtucci — November 25, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

  5. California does have some disadvantages. It seems to have an oversupply of pepper spray
    Woman Pepper Sprays Rival Shoppers at California Walmart

    Comment by rrtucci — November 25, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

  6. I read your blog 🙂 Nice post!

    Comment by physicsandcake — November 26, 2011 @ 2:04 am

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