Google recently began experimenting with their first true-blue quantum computer.
“At the moment, it’s not clear to my eyes that D-Wave device is what we would call a quantum computer,” Wim van Dam, a computer scientist from the University of California, Santa Barbara, told WIRED earlier this month. D-Wave didn’t return calls seeking comment for this story.
What is clear, however, is that nobody from NASA is going to have much to add to this debate — at least until the government sequester is over. “There is zero ongoing testing from NASA’s standpoint,” Ames Union President Stone says. “What’s being lost here is all of the time that we would be using this cutting-edge technology,” he says. “That is certainly disappointing at best and outrageous at worst.”