Okay, I don’t expect any of my readers to believe me, but I have a Martian WiFi wormhole connection which allows me to access the Internet in the future. Today, I came upon this article that will be published exactly 15 years in the future.
MIT Stunned by Scalable Quantum Computer
April 1, 2031. MIT Tech Review
A team of scientists from MIT led by Prof. (also Dean of MIT Physics Dept., and chief editor of Physical Review) Isaac Chuang has just published a paper in Physical Review that describes how they used a 5 qubit quantum computer built of superconductive Niobium rings called SQUIDs to show that 15 =3×5.
Those of us who are old enough to remember may recall that MIT was the first to show in 2001 that 15=3×5 with an NMR quantum computer.
Then, MIT scientists stunned themselves with their brilliance once again when 15 years later, in 2016, they were the first to show 15=3×5 with an ion trap quantum computer.
And now, 15 years later, in 2031, MIT scientists were stunned once again, as if by a lightning out of the blue, when they managed against all odds to show that 15=3×5 with a superconductive quantum computer.
All 3 times that MIT has shown that 15=3×5, they have claimed that their device is scalable. We are beginning to believe them, but then again, in 2031, we are now so old that some days we can’t readily recall the current US president’s name.
Back in 2016, when Prof. Chuang was asked why he wasn’t comparing his ion-trap device to those of David Wineland’s team (at NIST, Colorado), and Chris Monroe’s team (at U. Of Maryland), Prof. Chuang pointed out that those people’s devices were so different to his that he was totally unaware of their existence. According to Prof. Chuang, his device was placed in a lab-room with green colored walls, whereas Wineland and Monroe had used beige colored walls. According to a powerful theorem by Prof. John Preskill of Caltech, the boundary conditions (in this case the color of the lab-room walls) affects so much the evolution of the bulk (in this case the device), that quantum devices placed in lab-rooms with green and beige colored walls behave so differently that they are incomparable. Or so Chuang claims.
Today, April 1, 2031, Prof. Chuang was asked why he isn’t comparing his 5 qubit superconductive device to the 100 qubit superconductive devices built by Google and IBM last year. Once again, Prof. Chuang defers to Preskill’s Theorem which proves those devices are incomparable to his.