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12/10/2010 11:03 PM EST
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R_Colin_Johnson
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R_Colin_Johnson   12/13/2010 5:20:13 PM
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I agree--that picture does look a lot like HAL. The line between preposterous science fiction and realizable technologies is so blurred that its increasingly hard to tell the nuts from the geniuses anymore!

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R_Colin_Johnson   12/12/2010 7:02:31 PM
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I keep remembering the transparent storage media in the movie 2001--remember when Dave was unscrewing them and they popped out looking like bars of glass. How else would the memory in those bars be accessed if not by high-precision laser targeting? I think many of us guessed that MEMS micro-mirrors would be the enabler for storing qubits on atoms in a transparent medium, but Duke and Univ. of Wisconsin were the first to prove the concept.

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goafrit   12/12/2010 1:42:53 AM
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MEMS will play major roles in the future. That is surely a certainty. It is already happening.

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R_Colin_Johnson   12/11/2010 12:07:28 AM
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MEMS micro-mirrors are already used for optical switching by companies like Glimmerglass Networks and Micralyne, but those devices do not have the speed or accuracy necessary to create a quantum computer. The Duke and the University of Wisconsin demonstration, however, shows that MEMS is up to the task of targeting individual atoms, albeit it will be a long time--at least a decade--before we see this dream fully realized.

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