The microblog: 2021.05.09 21:14:40

2021.05.09 21:14:40 (1391471701565665281) from Daniel J. Bernstein:

Scientists: Please stop using and condoning the phrase "quantum supremacy", even if you're confident that it has a clear definition and is a useful milestone and isn't confused with white supremacy. Why? Because you're deceiving people into giving you money. That's unethical.

2021.05.09 21:16:06 (1391472063483813888) from Daniel J. Bernstein:

Insisting you're free to redefine "quantum supremacy" to mean just what you choose it to mean is like insisting that you're free to redefine "Bourne supremacy" to refer to Matt Damon's scenes in Team America: World Police. Sorry, no, that isn't supremacy.

2021.05.09 21:16:07 (1391472066642124801) from Daniel J. Bernstein:

"Funding decisions are made by experts who know the meaning and aren't influenced by the wording choices!" --- Bullshit. The politicians being convinced to pour billions into quantum technology are not experts. (Also note that experts aren't magically immune to unconscious bias.)