D-Wave sold their first quantum computer to Lockheed Martin (a “security company” apparently, according to the article).  It’s a 128 qubit superconducting processor sitting in a 10 meter square shielded cryogenic chamber. It’s going to be used for “problems that are hard for traditional methods to solve in a cost-effective amount of time. Examples of such problems include software verification and validation, financial risk analysis, affinity mapping and sentiment analysis, object recognition in images, medical imaging classification, compressed sensing and bioinformatics.”  http://www.dwavesys.com/en/pressreleases.html#lm_2011

Digital programming is for dinosaurs, quantum programming is the new l33t!  Here’s where you can get started (PhD in theoretical physics not required…but probably recommended):

http://dwave.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/learning-to-program-the-d-wave-one-software-you-should-install-a-book-you-should-buy/

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