D-Wave Quantum Computer to Span Multiple Universes Next Tuesday?

Propellerheads at D-Wave are saying they've developed the world's first quantum computer, and the wild thing is they say they're going to show it actually working next Tuesday. Hey, wait a minute. This first foray into the strange-but-maybe-true world of quantum mechanics wasn't expected by scientists until 20 years from now. It will allegedly take the computing world quantum leaps ahead, allowing a computer to perform 64,000 calculations at the same time.

As skeptical scientists the world over scratch their heads (and some roll their eyes), the British Columbian D-Wave vows to prove naysayers wrong at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California next week, firing up this box that's somehow able to contain multiple quantum states that exist at the same time. Huh? For example, each bit in this machine can be both a zero and a one simultaneously. It's making our heads hurt just thinking about it. Wrap your head around these two additional, strangely beautiful pics:

D-Wave Quantum Computer to Span Multiple Universes Next Tuesday?

D-Wave Quantum Computer to Span Multiple Universes Next Tuesday?

This is either going to be a breakthrough or the company's sugar daddies will be wanting their $20 million back post haste.

Quantum Computer To Launch Next Week [Tech World]