Apocalypse technology

This is a good candidate for how the world ends. Sure is pretty, though.

16-qubit NP-complete-solving quantum computer:

This is a picture of the Orion chip's sample holder attached to one of our dilution fridges, ready to begin a cooldown. The base temperature at which we operate (5mK, or 0.005 degrees above absolute zero) is about 500 times colder than interstellar space. [...]

The Orion system is a hardware accelerator designed to solve a particular NP-complete problem called the two dimensional Ising model in a magnetic field. It is built around a 16-qubit superconducting adiabatic quantum computer processor. The system is designed to be used in concert with a conventional front end for any application that requires the solution of an NP-complete problem.

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