Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Evolution and Quantum Computing
This editorial by Lee Spector in the Boston Globe talks about using genetic algorithms to evolve quantum circuits, and its consequences to understanding Darwinism.
If it takes a computer program to convince someone evolution is real, then either their educators have failed them miserably, or they have been severely misled by radical (but increasingly mainstream) institutions. But it's still good to see Lee Spector speaking up, since many scientists probably feel its pointless to get into the whole debate, since it essentially pits reason against fairy tales. But the more quiet the rational side is, the more it will seem that evolution is controversial, since the wing nuts now have a voice through all levels of politics, business, and the media in the United States. After two years in Australia I don't think the situation is much different here, except the Aussies are a lot more laid back about the whole thing.
Sunday, August 07, 2005
For those not using an RSS feed reader, the site should look a bit better now (thanks to Altman). I've let the qualgorithm.com domain expire, and moved the few non-blog resources (Peter Shor interview, Best of QC) to quantum.atticrose.com. The decidedly non-quantum Attic Rose is a side-venture which happens to have a lot of disk space and excess capacity. Right now it only has a small gallery with paintings of roses and bugs, but maybe I can convince the artist to paint something a little more quantum-ey.