Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Matrix... Chapter One


The Matrix has been discussed in BRT on several occasions with emphasis on the fact Quantum Computing is the only way such a system could exist given the sheer amount of compute power required to create a simulation able to convince everyone that this IS reality and not a computation completely dependent on the operations of a very powerful machine The problem making this grand vision possible was the inability to create an environment allowing entanglement, superposition and control of a single atom in such a way as to allow the QC to function as a viable entity, something not considered possible to do prior to the creation of the perfect Single-atom transistor.

Until now, single-atom transistors have been realised only by chance, where researchers either have had to search through many devices or tune multi-atom devices to isolate one that works.


"But this device is perfect", says Professor Michelle Simmons, group leader and director of the ARC Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication at UNSW. "This is the first time anyone has shown control of a single atom in a substrate with this level of precise accuracy."

2020 was the original predict date for a single atom transistor but, as per the double exponential acceleration of tech, this baby has arrived well ahead of schedule. The question to ask now is... are we ready for this?


Note: This qubit chip, circa November, 2010, is woefully out of date.

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