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The jaw-dropping promise — and brain-twisting challenge — of quantum computing

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Computers have become so powerful that the idea they can’t just do, you know, everything is almost unfathomable. Yet many calculations are still too big for even the biggest supercomputer to process — like cracking complex encryptions or modeling global weather systems. That’s where the promise of quantum computing comes in. With the principles of quantum mechanics at its core (more on this below), quantum computers can, in theory, provide exponentially more power and speed than today’s supercomputers — in a much smaller space. The idea has been around for decades, but today, scientists like TED Fellow Jonathan Home and his team at the Institute for Quantum Electronics in Switzerland are, atom by atom, taking quantum computing out of the realm of theory and into reality. Here, Home walks us through how quantum computing works, some of the challenges of creating a fully functioning system — and how it could…

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Your summer reading list: 70+ book picks from TED speakers and attendees

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Summer reading recommendations from TED

The tables in bookstores can be overwhelming: Every book cover looks appealing, every blurb glows with praise. Sometimes, you just need a recommendation from a human, someone you trust. Below, 10 members of the TED community — with very different points of view — share the books they think you’ll enjoy this summer. Their selections are wonderfully untethered to new releases and bestsellers, with a little something for everyone.


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Mind-bending fiction, picked by David Eagleman

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist whose sensory vest may just expand the limits of human perception. But this TED speaker is also a writer  — of both fiction (his Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives has been translated into 28 languages) and nonfiction (Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain was a bestseller). His recommendations highlight mind-bending fiction:

Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges. “An inspiration that never runs out of batteries for me…

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Beginning a Blog on ThoughtVectors

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I was immediately curious to participate in the conversation nexus of conceptual thinkers when I first laid eyes on it. I originally stumbled across the term Thought Vectors in reference to Google’s Deepthink project, which is striving for an artificial intelligence network that derives its parameters from an aggregate of real world data instead of from inflexible rule-based learning. So very analogous to traditional classroom learning versus self-directed online learning. I’m not at all convinced that human language can be reduced to a series of numbers, but on the other hand, just because a person doesn’t understand how something takes place doesn’t mean such a mystery is unsolvable.

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Conspiracy Theories and Mathematical Probabilities

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Conspiracy Theories and Mathematical Probabilities

Richard Charnin
May 25, 2012
Updated: May 26, 2014

Click Reclaiming Science:The JFK Conspiracy to look inside the book.

Look inside: Matrix of Deceit: Forcing Pre-election and Exit Polls to Match Fraudulent Vote Counts

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It’s an interesting exercise to calculate mathematical probabilities of so-called “conspiracy theories”. The mainstream media and their cadre of online gatekeepers use the term “Conspiracy Theorist” (CT) as a derogatory label for those who seek the truth. According to the media, there are never conspiracies. But they avoid factual discussions based on the scientific evidence.

These myths are promoted non-stop in the mainstream media.
– Oswald acted alone in 1963 – with a magic bullet and defective rifle.
– Bush won Florida in 2000 and had a 3 million “mandate” in 2004.
– Nineteen Muslims armed with box cutters who could not fly a…

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