Quantum Bayesian Networks

January 13, 2014

How General Keith Alexander Almost Killed the Internet

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 4:55 pm

I believe that all research into quantum computer devices or algorithms should be unclassified, period. My understanding is that DARPA funded as an unclassified project most of the research that led to the development of the Internet, and that strategy seems to have worked admirably well. The NSA, led by US Army General Keith Alexander, has been trying to make secret some QC research ever since Peter Shor came out with his algorithm in 1995.

I thank Henning Dekant (Quax) for pointing out to me in Scott Aaronson’s blog the following priceless article that sounds like it came from TheOnion.com or the movie Dr. Strangelove, except that it’s all totally true. At the same time that little Keith builds his bridge, millions of Americans who work full time or more don’t earn a living wage.

NSA Chief Built “Starship Enterprise Bridge”, Sat in Captain’s Chair
, by Jason Mick (Blog) – Sep 17, 2013. Slashdot news item based on original report by Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian

General Keith Alexander is largely responsible for the NSA’s Trailblazer program which was canceled after billions of dollars of fraud and abuse.


The title of this blog post comes from the following article (very good but somewhat incomplete: why doesn’t it emphasize fraud and corruption more, no mention of Trailblazer or the Startrek bridge?)

How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet, by Steven Levy (Wired, Jan 7, 2014)

To delve more into the connection of the NSA to quantum computers, you might read my 3 previous blog posts:



  1. IMHO the photos at the top of the DailyTech article fit perfectly 🙂

    Comment by Henning Dekant — January 13, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

  2. “It is said that what is called “the spirit of an age” is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world’s coming to an end. For this reason, although one would like to change today’s world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation.” HAGAKURE, Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

    Comment by Elagnel Exterminador — January 14, 2014 @ 11:13 am

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