Quantum Groundhog Day
Summary of comments thus far on first quantum computing post
Bill Murray is an American comic actor, who was initially famous for his work on the American comedy TV show Saturday Night Live (SNL) as both actor and writer. His movie career took off with acclaimed performances in Caddyshack (1980) and Ghostbusters (1984). His most soulful comic role, however, is the initially egotistical TV weatherman Phil Connors in Groundhog Day (1993). He is sent to cover the annual February 2 ritual in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania of consulting a groundhog (a large native rodent) to forecast whether winter will be harsh. Instead he finds himself in a time loop where Feb. 2 endlessly repeats, and “Groundhog Day” now refers in popular speech to any fraught recurring situation.
Today we begin the 4th year of this blog, and though we try to avoid repetition, some themes recur. One is active discussion of research claims and controversies, with passion for ideas, and we are taking time out to recognize a current instance. The first posts date to Feb. 12, 2009, so perhaps we will fix that as the anniversary later. As we gave thanks here for commenters in early posts, so we do here for current ones.