Google is Closer Than Ever to a Quantum Computer Breakthrough

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Jun 282017
 

quantum device

Google’s 49-qubit chip will allow them to develop a 49-qubit quantum system that can solve problems that are far beyond the capacity of ordinary computers: Google calls this goal quantum supremacy. The 20-qubit system that the Google quantum computing team is now working on currently boasts a “two-qubit fidelity” of 99.5 percent. The higher the rating, the fewer errors the system makes. Quantum supremacy demands not only a 49-qubit system, but also sufficient accuracy to achieve a two-qubit fidelity of at least 99.7 percent—which Google is on track to deliver by the end of 2017.

QUANTUM COMPUTING, QUANTUM SPEED

Google isn’t alone in their quest for advancing quantum computing. In 2016, IBM was running a 5 qubit computer, but by May 2017, it was offering beta access to its 16 qubit platform to the public for testing purposes. Furthermore, qubits alone aren’t the only consideration for actually achieving working quantum computers; error correction and scaling will also be critical to quantum systems. However, if Google does achieve quantum supremacy, it will be a major step forward.

Sep 292010
 

After close to 2 years, Google has released a new guide to SEO (search Engine Optimization) in PDF format. It can be found at this link

http://www.google.com/webmasters/docs/search-engine-optimization-starter-guide.pdf

with the full information available here http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2010/09/seo-starter-guide-updated.html

I have not started in on it yet but reckon it comes at an appropriate time when Google has changed it’s search mechanism with the addition of  ‘Google Instant’

Here’s what’s new:
  • Glossary to define terms throughout the guide
  • More example images to help you understand the content
  • Ways to optimize your site for mobile devices
  • Clearer wording for better readability

And to make the post pretty, here is a sample of what’s inside.

Jun 252010
 
By Christopher Heine, ClickZ, Apr 29, 2010

Facebook has sent window decals out to businesses this week that instruct people to text in short code to “Like” the establishment. The decals were mailed to a limited number of companies in a small test, according to a Facebook spokesperson, who wouldn’t disclose further details.

First reported by Mashable, the decals were accompanied by a letter that offers businesses a $25 credit for Facebook.com ads to promote their “People Who Like” page (or in the former parlance: “fan” page). Carlsbad, CA-based Museum of Making Music is one of the organizations that was sent the Facebook package. B.J. Morgan, marketing director, said he placed the decal (see below) in the museum’s front window on Tuesday evening.

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People who see the decal are encouraged to text in, “like MuseumofMakingMusic to 32665,” to join the organization’s Facebook group. Those who text in are sent a bounce-back message that requests them to click a link on their mobile phone to activate Facebook texts. Click-throughs produce a landing page where the user sees a pre-populated confirmation code and a pre-checked box saying, “Add my cell number to my profile.”

Morgan said the decal appears in the establishment’s window “right above the Yelp sticker, which we received a few years ago.”

Indeed, Facebook is following in the footsteps of Yelp and Google’s Favorite Places program in mailing window decals to increase traction in local offline markets. However, the latter pair didn’t pitch free display ads as part of the offer.

Morgan said that his establishment would likely take advantage of the $25 credit to target Facebook users in Southern California. “As a museum, we don’t have a whole lot of money to do advertising,” he said. “We try to do the most we can with what is free out there with Facebook and Twitter. And when MySpace was popular, we’d used that as much as possible to build an audience outside of our physical walls.”

Facebook’s local-oriented test intriguingly comes on the heels of Presence, the geo-location application announced at the social site’s developer’s conference last week. The system will likely allow users to ‘check-in’ similarly to the way Foursquare users do. It’s been recently speculated that Facebook – and its 425 million users – has the much-smaller-but-wildly-hyped Foursquare (1 million users) in its cross-hairs.

“Facebook is adding about 1.2 million users every day,” said Mike Lazerow, CEO of Buddy Media, who stated that he met with Facebook executives last week. He said that the social site’s scale will likely allow it to dominate the geo-location space “even if [theoretically] Foursquare has a 10 times better product.”