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Glad to hear it. More devs should take their health seriously. The body is just not designed to sit down so long like we do. Two things typically happen over the years, the hamstrings become inflexible and too tight which throws the pelvis out of alignment and causes lower back pain, and the spine isn't in its natural curve while sitting and that causes all kinds of discomfort in the body long term.
Exercise is the only way to combat this. No drug or pill or anything science has to say will change this as long as we have the bodies we do, or wait 5,000 years to evolve into sitting species. Personally, I'm just gonna exercise.
When you do exercise, make sure to toss some good hamstring stretches in your routines. Your back and the ladies will thank you for it.
This morning in The Insider was an article about a Google Quantum Computer project[^]. I've seen articles and blogs about them quite a lot recently. I am both very curious and very afraid for these computers... I'm not very good at math and I pretty much hate it to a point where I cannot function properly when math is involved. But I understand 0's and 1's (mostly, anyway), so I got that going for me, which is nice.
What I do not understand are superpositions and complex numbers. And since counting to 1 is probably the most I'll ever achieve in terms of math I was wondering how fast these quantum computers will conquer the world. Should I find a new job? Or could I support legacy systems using 0's and 1's until I'm at my retirement age (still about 41 years to go)? Or do you think quantum computers will rule the world, but the math behind it will be mostly abstracted away for application developing programmers?
I’m looking forward to the next generation computer after the one you mentioned when they discover a computer that operates on the base 4 numbering system utilizing the molecules adenine, thymine, guanine, cytosine to produce a variety of computational structures capable of 1,000 terabytes or more. That’ll be awesome. It's being developed even now.
I'm sure that practical quantum computers will be just as transparent as the current lot; ie, if you can function without math now, you'll be fine in the future. After all, there's no evidence to suggest that people are getting smarter, and no one with a lick of business savvy will make a product for people who aren't likely to exist.
That's what the mathematicians seem to be thinking, I'm still waiting for them to fix math!
Seriously though, I guess you're right. The biggest struggle is with myself, not with math. I could do it if I put some effort into it, but somehow whenever I start, even with the best intentions, math always seems to make me angry and desperate. I'm not sure where it comes from...
I'm about to predict the future of IT, and we all know how well that works.
But anyway, quantum computers will probably for a long time be large expensive things mostly used to simulate quantum systems. A couple of integers will be factored (but mostly as benchmarks), some simulated annealing will be done (because it tackles such a wide range of problems), and a couple of other things, but the killer app would be quantum systems, for physics and chemistry. Later, when they finally manage to make them small/cheap enough for more casual use, you're probably just going to use some library that you can hand your data and magic happens. Probably in the quantum cloud. The quantum desktop .. maybe. I'm not convinced the average user needs that kind of power for anything ever, but that kind of prediction is usually wrong. Maybe we'll simulate physically-accurate photons just to render our games or something. And there won't be a switch to quantum computing, it'll be extra. Conventional computing will remain relevant.