[UPDATE: The post on which this article is based turned out to be a joke. The post’s author, Joe Moreno, indicated so in a post dated June 11, saying “my post about Apple’s quantum computer was a joke.”
Apple Computer is using protomatter to run quantum computers at its North Carolina data center in Hickory? Well, Joe Moreno says they are in a recent blog entry. Moreno worked at Apple from 1998-2007.
Apple uses a combination of heretofore theoretical technologies. Specifically, we shared time on what was similar to a Cray supercomputer, except it was a four (or eight – I forget) qubit quantum computer that ran on proto-matter. While many ethical scientists may consider proto-matter too dangerous and unstable to use, it can be very helpful at solving certain problems when it’s stable. (A loss of stability, three years ago and then, again, last year, are what lead to the MobileMe and antenna-gate fiascoes, respectively.)
According to Moreno, Apple founder Steve Jobs, in his WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) keynote speech this past week, referred to this. “You probably noticed that [jobs] never said [the North Carolina data center] was full of Xserves. Rather, he simply said that it was full of ‘stuff.’,” Moreno writes.
Apple’s quantum computers use holographic memory, Moreno says. True holographic memory, he says, “is the result of recording interference patterns on a photographic or photosensitive medium.”
The beauty of holographic data and memory is that it’s truly three dimensional (implicit redundancy). You can literally store data in this format, without any redundancy, hamming codes, or checksums, and, even if a large portion is damaged, you can still recover all of the information.
To envision how holographic memory works, imagine looking out of a window at a sign that you can read – the sign represents the data and your eyes are the input device. Even if someone tapes a sheet of paper on the window to block your view, you can still read the sign simply by moving your head. Obviously, at some point, if the holographic memory becomes too damaged, it might not be recoverable. But, you’d have to damage more than 99% of the memory to reach this point. Even if the entire window was blocked by drapes, you could still read the sign as long as there was a tiny pinhole.
So what happens to unstable protomatter quantum computers and the place they’re located? Maybe someone will help us understand what Apple is doing at its data center in Hickory and whether Joe Moreno has his head in an Apple iCloud.