Up-Goer Five Research Challenge

The Up-Goer Five Research Challenge is an exciting initiative to explain your research using only the most common ten hundred words in the English language. It's hard, but this movement is necessary. Using jargon and complex terms is a huge problem in science. All this was inspired by XKCD's Up-Goer Five. And it's not about dumbing down your research or the science. The goal is to be clear enough to communicate to ...

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Up-Goer Five: Quantum Computer

These types of computers can figure out problems that your normal computer can't figure out quickly. They can even figure out problems our normal computers at home can't figure out at all, or even the really large computers that are as big as a room. Some problems that take years can be figured out in seconds. We can even have these computers work together with the fast computers we have ...

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Top 3 Quantum Myths and Misconceptions

Quantum mechanics is hard. No one is debating that. But there are a lot of bad facts out there just because the metaphors used were not explained well. Let's debunk myths and explain some misconceptions. “QUANTUM COMPUTERS ARE USEFUL BECAUSE THEY CAN CHECK ALL POSSIBILITIES AT ONCE” No. That’s not how that works. Where did this explanation come from? More than fifty quantum algorithms have been discovered. Each quantum algorithm works differently, but ...

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So, when can I play video games on my quantum computer?

“I’m sorry. My responses are limited. You must ask the right questions.” -Dr. Alfred Lanning, I, Robot Well, maybe you could, one day. But it won’t help you beat your friends at DotA or stream Netflix faster. The things quantum computers can do are so much cooler. A big myth of quantum (a word which is sometimes synonymous with ‘magic’ nowadays) computers is that they bend the rules of space-time to spit out an answer due ...

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