[Haskell-cafe] [Haskell] Postdoc ad: quantum-computing programming languages

Jerzy Karczmarczuk jerzy.karczmarczuk at unicaen.fr
Fri Apr 1 09:36:48 UTC 2016

Darren Grant decided to become the lawyer for D-Wave...:
> Research interest is in the way such a machine might work, rather than
> the possible (unlikely) affront to ontology.
> Demanding a priori documentation is a bit disingenuous as the land is
> undiscovered.

Dear Darren,

1. I did not speak about an "affront to ontology" (the phrase which I
don't understand). I said something about their abusive terminology,
according to some dozens of texts I read. Several competent people
raised doubts about the nature of this device, if you are one of them
(there is one D.G., physicist in Alberta), point me to *serious* texts
which defend the D-W, you should find them, sincerely.
I am NOT accusing them of cheating with physics, or selling rubbish,
come on, but Vazirani criticised them, Aaronson as well, the Science
article in 2014 also.

2. "...the way such a machine might work" is a technological issue, not
JUST a "research interest". They SELL it.
"A priori documentation"?  "Land is undiscovered"?? What are you talking

 The story has 10 years. Google tested some optimization stuff with the
machine in 2009. Some Ising model simulations took place in 2013, and
*apparently* the speedup obtained had nothing to do with the "standard
hype" of quantum computation. The whole issue of quantum entanglement in
their device, is one big mess.

3. I will comment privately your public use of the word "disingenuous",
when I learn what can you SAY about the domain of quantum computations.
My competence is rather weak, but I taught it a bit.


Jerzy Karczmarczuk

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