Now that the dust has settled from the demo of one of our 16-qubit systems, I thought it might be generally of interest to do a little recap.
First: the technology. Orion has been remarkably rock solid. For such a complex machine, we haven’t seen a single systems failure yet, even during the obvious time for such a failure (live demos). So kudos to the entire technical team, the machine is solid! Word.
Second, some numbers:
- We had in excess of 600 people attend the two events (Mountain View, Vancouver); we had to turn people away at the Vancouver event as we had more than double the registered attendees show up
- More than 300 press articles were written about the demo, including articles in Scientific American, The Economist, Nature, Science, and national news coverage on CNN and NBC
- More than 2,300 blog articles have been written about the event
- We have had over 100 respondents with ideas for applications to date, about 1/3rd of which are from Fortune 1000 companies
Third, I thought I’d mention some of my favorite quotes and whatnot emerging from the demo.
Favorite article: My favorite was The Economist article, because it was the source of most of the people with applications ideas
Favorite blog caption: Without a doubt, this one.
Favorite quote: Probably the roast beef sandwich quote.
Best music to listen to while debugging Orion’s DAC boards: Probably this.
Best use of barbeque in getting Orion working: Sergey’s kabobs.
Best motivational use of an effigy of Eric: Well that’s obvious.
Best supporting actor: Squidbucks.
For everyone involved in making the demo a great success, big thanks!
Now on to the next generation…