Quantum Bayesian Networks

January 30, 2014

Our Expanding Fan Base

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 4:00 pm

We are proud to announce that this blog has received a ringing endorsement from the eminent, platinum frequent flyer, MIT Professor Scott Aaronson in his blog Shtetl Optimized:

Check out comment #180 here. Quote:

And Michael #179, I became better able to appreciate what humor there occasionally is in rrtucci’s snarks once I stopped looking for intellectual coherence in them!

Wow, we’ve heard before Scott laying on thick the accolades on Sean Carroll, Max Tegmark and Christopher Fuchs (“I read the samizdat as a beginning graduate student, and it changed my career.”) , but nothing like this. Those people must now be mighty envious because Scott didn’t go the extra mile to praise them as he has done for Quantum Bayesian Networks, the first quantumly, bayesianly incoherent blog, the diary of a potted plant (with an IQ to match that of a potted plant).



  1. You know, I always felt that potted plant must be truly wise as they never talk about it.

    Comment by Henning Dekant — January 30, 2014 @ 5:45 pm

  2. […] I don't blog about things that don't particularly interest me.  But even if you are a potted plant (preferably with a physics degree), you probably have people talking to you about this 'amazing' new paper by Stephen […]

    Pingback by Science News that isn’t really News | Wavewatching — January 31, 2014 @ 3:30 am

  3. may the will be unbending, not the judgement

    Comment by Elagnel Exterminador — February 1, 2014 @ 11:17 am

  4. Robert: That’s quite a scoop on TIME magazine!!. Congratulations! Time does say that they have sold one to a US Intelligence Agency & you assumed it must be the NSA? Or is it just a guess on your part?. And if the NSA got one, it’s almost certain that its Canadian equivalent the “CSEC” has one as well, because they work very closely with each other, as was recently disclosed by E. Snowden. Also, in the recent blog of Google about DW2, Geordie insisted that his machine CAN factor numbers, but when pressed by me & others, he would NOT elaborate!. Very interesting.

    Comment by Sol Warda — February 6, 2014 @ 5:55 pm

  5. Thanks Sol. I spotted the TIME cover story by sheer luck. My methods are not very sophisticated: I have a link in my bookmarks that automatically invokes the Google Blogs search engine, using the keyword “quantum computer”, stipulating that it return hits ordered by date with the most recent first. I click on that link every morning. It just so happens that TIME had put up their story about half an hour before I did my customary morning search.

    I agree that it’s very likely that the NSA or some other US spy agency owns at least one D-wave computer. One unmanned aerial drone costs about $12 million. So $15 million for one Dwave computer is pocket change for them.
    One of the Snowden revelations was a break down of the US dark budget, which is about $52 billion a year,

    Comment by rrtucci — February 7, 2014 @ 6:18 am

  6. Robert: As a physicist, do you think this paper has a possible breakthrough in factoring large numbers, using simulated annealing? And can that be adapted to DW2?. Thanks.

    Comment by Sol Warda — February 9, 2014 @ 9:41 pm

  7. Sol, I haven’t read the paper carefully. I just glanced at it briefly. It looks quite thin on details. I don’t think they prove that an adiabatic QC can factor with polynomial efficiency, even if one had an ideal universal adiabatic QC. (D-Wave’s computer is not an ideal adiabatic QC). I think Scott is the best man to answer your question. If you don’t want to go back to his blog because they ganged up on you like a pack of hiennas, which is what they did, ask Henning to ask your question to Scott in Scott’s blog.

    Comment by rrtucci — February 10, 2014 @ 12:26 am

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