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Google Reveals there Quantum Computer


As mentioned in prior post about Quantum computing it has become a breakthrough in today’s society and more relevant to the economy as well as businesses greatest asset. Along with quantum come their effects to education, machine learning, energy. But Google has just revealed there Quantum computer and what they believe to be the best computer and no computer can compare to it. Googles quantum computer would have nearly 50 qubits making it a powerful supercomputer that has surpassed conventional computing which is also known as “Quantum Supremacy“. There intention of the quantum computer is to create a system where it supports 49 qubit superposition. Google has begun running their test on the quantum computer starting a 20 qubits and by the end of 2017 they plan to have 49 qubits fully functioning and working for the upcoming year. Googles quantum computers will make personalized medicine reality, parsing out the function of every protein in the human genome and modeling their interactions with all possible complex molecules very quickly. Quantum computing will make a drastic change to our medical, science, engineering sectors bringing us limitless outcomes to technological advances in the future and it starts now.

Will Google succeed with their new quantum computer? Google has been running a series of test with there quantum computer called coin-flip. This happens by storing two numbers and choosing one of them at a random each time. The coins are suppose to behave like particles to obey the laws of quantum mechanics. There are 50 coins that will act in place of a qubit so Google can test there theory about quantum computing. I will say from reviewing Googles breakthrough in quantum computing, it looks like they still have a long way to go knowing some of there testing has not worked in there favor. Google has some minor kinks they need to work out before revealing such an important machine to the public that can cause damaged if not properly ready to be on the market. Moreover, I strongly believe that googles quantum computing breakthrough was merely an act to say they did it first and other companies might prolong there time to release there quantum computers. But releasing there technology so early could be a defect to there own process causing numerous effects.

Learning about Disruption, through Disruption

To begin our Disruption class, of course, we had to be disrupted.  Before our first class, we received an email from Professor Shannon saying that we had to sign up for Slack.  Most of the class had never heard of Slack before, but now we could not get through the class without it.  Slack is a website that makes working as a team easier than ever, allowing everyone to see all group communication in their designated channel, as well as look on to what other groups are doing, so everyone is on the same page.  Not only did we have to register for Slack, but we also had to download the app on our phones and the desktop application, giving us access to all of the information in our Slack channels at all hours of the day.  As the Media and TV group, we did all of our work in our respective channel.

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In this channel, we were able to plan out our assignments, schedule meetings, discuss our findings, and decide how we were going to put together our blog posts.  Each group had their own Slack channel, and we also had a general class channel, where we regularly post articles on disruption that we find interesting and want to share with our classmates.

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Not only did we have to learn about Slack before we were even in class, during the first week, we had to integrate Slack with Trello, Shannonweb, and our Gmail accounts.  Trello is another very useful website that helps teams organize themselves in a very transparent way.  Each team has their own Trello page where we were able to make notecards online to determine what we were planning on doing, what we were currently doing, and what he had already finished.  This was extremely helpful throughout because it kept us on task and focused on what our goals were with our blog posts.

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To help us stay on the same page even further, we created our own individual note cards to keep track of our individual tasks.  The notecards provided a convenient place to keep all of our links for information, allowed us to create a checklist to keep track of everything that we had to do, and set a deadline to make sure that all of our tasks were completed on time.

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Now that we have learned how to use these useful tools, we have successfully overcome an instance of disruption as we were learning about disruption.  Being able to learn and adapt is the most important thing when being disrupted.  You need to be flexible in order to be successful, and giving in to Professor Shannon and embracing Slack, Trello, and all of our integrations has made this semester and this project much, much easier.  Going forward, we can now bring Slack and Trello to our future group projects and introduce disruption to the rest of our classmates, without them even knowing it.


Virtual Reality: The Next Logical Step for Education

We’ve seen the traditional education model and current trends in education. Without a doubt, modern technology integrated with education has caused disruption in education for the benefit of knowledge seekers. Although they might not receive college credit, there are free platforms available online to anyone wanting to learn, such as Coursera. Anyone that wants clarification in a certain topic can watch a tutorial video online on Khan Academy for free. All these materials are readily accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

We have managed to fit hefty textbooks and learning materials into a portable device, whether on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. With all this knowledge available at the palm of your hands, the next step is applying that knowledge to the world, which is where virtual reality triumphantly comes in. In our early educational years, we learn about animals, so we take a field trip to a farm. Then we learn about Native Americans, so we learn about pueblos and teepees. We move on to Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, World War II and the Berlin Wall. We learn about the struggles not only in the Middle East, but all around the world. Maybe we take an engineering class and want to observe the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Geography, travel costs, safety, and liability are only some of the factors that limit one from observing all these interesting locations, scattered across the world.

Virtual reality eliminates all of these barriers from education and wonder. Whether you want to see the Pyramids at Giza or the canals of Venice, Italy, it can all be available to one in the comfort of a classroom, bedroom, or wherever one pleases. If you’re feeling nostalgic and want to visit your childhood neighborhood or you want to learn about where your ancestors come from, it’s all possible. The possibilities with virtual reality are limitless, not just limited to a new kind of gaming experience. Google has acknowledged this and is working on making these virtual experiences affordable and accessible. With its Expeditions Pioneer program, Google is making these virtual field trips available for free for schools, starting in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Brazil. The program includes giving schools Google’s basic Cardboard virtual reality headset and smartphones to use with the headsets. Whether a school is well-funded or underfunded, students can all have the same kind of access. If you’re not a student but still want to have these virtual experiences, Google’s Cardboard is still extremely affordable for $25 or even cheaper. It’s hard to put a price on an unlimited supply of experiences, but it’s safe to say that $25 is well beneath that price.

Virtual reality may seems like an abstract platform for education, but it is exactly what we need to supplement our evolving education system. If we can access the classroom and educational materials from virtually anywhere, why not access the world from anywhere too?