Mike Daisey: One-Man Show

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Mike Daisey’s ”Monopoly!” may be the only nightclub act ever to center on the relative merits of ­alternating and direct current. In his monologue, Daisey describes the eccentric genius Nikola Tesla and his part in the feud with Thomas Edison over the two forms of ­electricity. In the process he explores corporate rule, life according to the dictates of profit and loss, the Microsoft antitrust lawsuit, Wal-Mart’s impact on Daisey’s ­hometown, and the secret ­history of the board game Monopoly.

For more, see http://www.mikedaisey.com.

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An IBM Quantum Computer Will Soon Pass the 1,000-Qubit Mark

The Condor processor is just one quantum-computing advance slated for 2023

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This photo shows a woman working on a piece of apparatus that is suspended from the ceiling of the laboratory.

A researcher at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center examines some of the quantum hardware being constructed there.

Connie Zhou/IBM

IBM’s Condor, the world’s first universal quantum computer with more than 1,000 qubits, is set to debut in 2023. The year is also expected to see IBM launch Heron, the first of a new flock of modular quantum processors that the company says may help it produce quantum computers with more than 4,000 qubits by 2025.

This article is part of our special report Top Tech 2023.

While quantum computers can, in theory, quickly find answers to problems that classical computers would take eons to solve, today’s quantum hardware is still short on qubits, limiting its usefulness. Entanglement and other quantum states necessary for quantum computation are infamously fragile, being susceptible to heat and other disturbances, which makes scaling up the number of qubits a huge technical challenge.

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