I am writing this Sharpe Byte while sitting at the San Francisco Airport waiting for my flight home after a week of visiting wineries, hiking the backwoods, and staying one step ahead of the ravaging wildfires.
California is a fascinating state. Its economy is the 5th largest in the world having launched most of the technologies now shaping the globe. This is the state where ridiculously high taxes, severe housing shortages & soaring fuel prices – with a gallon of gas costing nearly double that same gallon in Texas – are just part of the daily routine.
Berkeley is technically outside the border of the Valley in Oakland, just across the bay from San Francisco, but then who really worries about borders when you are hiring the most brilliant people in the universe to upend the established order at its very binary digit. This is the home of Steve Jobs – who spent every waking moment thinking of ways to take a hammer to the wall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYecfV3ubP8
The point is non-debatable – the most brilliant companies in the world, coming up with the most techno brilliant ideas redefining how we do everything – are pretty much nestled up next to one another, within 1,854 square miles, and a population of 3 million. Every time I visit the Valley I am immediately taken away by just how many smart people there are riding public transit who code on their MacBooks waiting for their stop. This is a place people come to make a difference, even if the difference they make, causes AOC and most of Washington want to holler.
According to Google, its computer can solve in minutes what it would take the most advanced supercomputer in the world 10,000 years to achieve. IBM immediately called bull, claiming their supercomputer could do it in days – and the popular press – I’m talking journals like Quantamagazine – jumped into the middle of the physics melee like it was covering a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate e-fight.
First, let me be very clear. I am hardly a wine snob. I favor wine in a box to overpriced pinot noir – I have kids to get through college. And second, I don’t for a nanosecond understand how a quantum computer works. Who really does? What I do know is that this debate has huge implications for all mankind And the action is happening in places like Santa Barbara, CA — and not Austin, Houston, Denver …. or Tampa.