The Download: Quantum computing has a hype problem

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That is in the present day’s version of The Obtain, our weekday e-newsletter that gives a each day dose of what’s occurring on the earth of expertise.

Quantum computing has a hype drawback

As a buzzword, quantum computing in all probability ranks solely under AI by way of hype. Giant tech corporations now have substantial analysis and growth efforts in quantum computing. A bunch of startups have sprung up as effectively, some boasting staggering valuations.

An actual quantum pc can have functions unimaginable in the present day, simply as when the primary transistor was made in 1947, no person may foresee how it could in the end result in smartphones and laptops. However even quantum computing consultants are beginning to change into disturbed by a few of the grand claims, notably on the subject of claims about how—and the way rapidly—it is going to be commercialized.

The techniques we’ve got in the present day are an incredible scientific achievement, however they take us no nearer to a quantum pc that may clear up an issue that anyone cares about. We don’t understand how lengthy that may take, however it’s a lot additional away than the burgeoning business and its marketeers would have you ever consider. Learn the total story.

Sankar Das Sarma is the director of the Condensed Matter Concept Middle on the College of Maryland, School Park.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to seek out you in the present day’s most enjoyable/essential/scary/fascinating tales about expertise.

1 Nokia’s tech aided digital surveillance in Russia
The Finnish firm’s tools and software program was used to trace opposition supporters. (NYT $)
  + How Putin grew to become the tyrant he’s in the present day. (NYT $)
  + Why Europe continues to be enjoying meet up with Russia’s spying efforts. (FT $)

2 China’s covid technique is crumbling
Xi Jinping’s social gathering faces little alternative however to desert its hopes of a zero-covid coverage. (Economist $)
  + Shanghai has locked down as instances rise throughout China. (Guardian
  + Elsewhere in Asia, covid restrictions are being dropped – regardless of the unfold of omicron. (NYT $)

3 Round a 3rd of NFT collections have mainly expired
Insiders insist the bubble isn’t bursting, however curiosity actually appears to be cooling. (Bloomberg $)
  + Museums are leaping on the NFT bandwagon—however do consumers need masterpieces? (NYT $)
  + Seems shopping for property within the metaverse is simply as costly as IRL.(IEEE Spectrum)
  + A plain textual content web is beckoning. (Protocol)

4 Keanu Reeves has been wiped from the Chinese language web 
The Canadian actor (and beloved internet determine) participated in a pro-Tibet live performance, to the chagrin of Chinese language authorities. (LA Occasions)

5 Black Tesla staff allege rife racial abuse within the firm’s factories
They report having to work below completely grim circumstances. (LA Occasions)
  + Screaming, threats to sue and offended emails are simply the tip of the iceberg for auto regulators  coping with Elon Musk. (WP $)
  + Musk thinks he could be “useful in conflicts.’ (Insider)
  + Tesla bros are making it more durable to report issues with Full Self-Driving software program. (Observer)
  + A primer in parallel parking. (The Dialog)

6 Information a couple of research on pretend information seems to be…pretend 🤥
Does anybody else’s head harm? (The Atlantic $)
  + Scientists are utilizing Twitter to observe whether or not their work is misunderstood.(Science)
  + Conservative influencers are nervous that proper wing platforms are echo chambers. (NBC)

7 Perhaps we don’t need jetpacks in spite of everything
It’d really be complete chaos to have tons of them flying about all over. (Slate $)

8 Are psychological well being tech startups making it too simple to get ADHD medication?
The traces between ‘affected person’ and ‘buyer’ look concerningly blurry right here. (WSJ $)

9 Billions of genetically modified mosquitoes will probably be launched in California 🦟
It’s an unlimited experiment to regulate the potential unfold of harmful illnesses. (Guardian)

10 Is that this the top of the teenage houseparty? 
Good house tech is getting in the best way of Gen Z letting their hair down. (The Info $)

Quote of the day

“What’s the purpose of doing politics in Russia when you’re not keen to protest in opposition to struggle at such a historic second?”

—Ilya Yashin, political activist, tells the Observer that he has no plans to flee Russia regardless of tens of 1000’s of individuals leaving the nation amid fears of border closure.

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+ Not solely was Taylor Hawkins a superb drummer, he cherished singing Queen songs. Right here’s to an actual one.
+ Lord of the Rings followers will probably be delighted that a brand new illustrated model of The Silmarillion is because of be printed in October.
+ All of the drama of the Oscars crimson carpet—minus the slaps.
+ A enjoyable imagining of what the Capitol Hill rioters left behind – camouflage condoms, anybody?
+ This interview with Hollywood Unlocked’s Jason Lee is a wild journey.
+ This peaceable moose household could be most welcome in my backyard.
+ A foot tickling machine designed to induce uncontrolled laughter is my worst nightmare.


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