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This is going to be a silly question, but bear with me.

My professor has assigned us the task of finding a general population article, involving science, that we would like to present on. By "general population", I mean that anyone interested in the subject should be able to read and comprehend it. He announced the due date today to be tomorrow (1 day to find an article rolleyes.gif)

In the past, I've done a little reading on Q-bits and quantum computing. Since I enjoy reading about it, I figured that would be a good subject to present on. The problem is that I haven't been able to find and article that is simple enough for anyone to read, yet detailed enough to give an idea of what is being stated. I have to assume that my audience is a bunch of college students who don't care about computers, other than they can access Facebook through them.

Having said that, has anyone read or know of any articles on the web that I might be able to use?

EDIT: Whoops. Meant to post that this is the best article I've found. Just don't know how to turn this into a presentation. http://michaelnielsen.org/blog/quantum-computing-for-everyone/
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its not a silly question, but rather a silly solution.

you were told to find something relatively simple and do a presentation defining/explaining said topic and instead picked quantum computing, which, by the author's own definition, cannot be concretely defined, even by professionals in the field.

you are having trouble coming up with a simple article because a simple article doesn't exist, and you are having trouble coming up with a presentation because you don't fully understand the subject, just like i don't fully understand the subject, and just like the author probably doesn't 100% understand the subject, hence why a simple answer is unavailable.

choose a different topic. like you already said, most of the students in your class probably know nothing about normal, 01 computing, so talk about the principles behind that instead.
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Thanks for the info. I kept reading and figured that I was way in over my head. So now I'm refocusing on the eventual end of computers as we know them (die-shrinking beyond 10nm).

I just spoke with my professor and he said that I need to do something science/physics based because this was a physics class. Unfortunately, he didn't provide a rubric, so now I am trying to find something else that will satisfy his requirements.

Thanks again! +REP.
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Thanks for the info. I kept reading and figured that I was way in over my head. So now I'm refocusing on the eventual end of computers as we know them (die-shrinking beyond 10nm).
I just spoke with my professor and he said that I need to do something science/physics based because this was a physics class. Unfortunately, he didn't provide a rubric, so now I am trying to find something else that will satisfy his requirements.
Thanks again! +REP.

cool. did the presentation go alright?
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cool. did the presentation go alright?

I haven't done it yet. It'll be on April 3rd (or somewhere around there). I think I am going to bring in my sig rig for demonstration and a few old processors so people can see what they are.
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