There is no denying. Google and NASA are publicity geniuses. Geniuses I tell you!
On Nov 20, Google and NASA announced in dramatic and coy Apple fashion, that they would hold a press conference on Dec. 8 to announce a major QC breakthrough. At the Dec 8 conference and subsequent blog post and arXiv paper, Hartmut Neven announced that Google is now “faster than the universe” (Steve Jurvetson expression), having achieved a 10^8 speedup compared to classical computers. According to TMZ, Hartmut Neven was wearing a black turtle neck and jeans to the event(citation needed).
Quite predictably, on Dec 9, just one day later, Scott Aaronson posted in his blog a voluminous refutation of Google’s claims, but most of the general public showed itself quite disinterested in his opinion on the matter. If only his blog were more succinct. Someone who wishes to remain anonymous once tweeted: “Thank God Scott Aaronson is too wordy for Twitter”.
Since Dec.8, our company artiste-qb.net’s publicity department, 50 persons strong, has been struggling to come up with our own “watershed announcement” to match Google’s. We decided to send Mark Zuckerberg a book for his baby girl and Jack Ma a baseball cap. We also sent a TMZ spy to capture in a photo the precise moment when Mark and Jack were trying these items on for fit, just before they decided to discard them. Here is what we came up with.