The Quantum Pontiff

Not Cuil

Sure quantum computers can find a needle in an unstructured haystack quadratically faster than their classical brethren, but I didn’t think the word “quantum” and “search” would appear in the press quite this soon: Ex-Googlers reinvent web search: Quantum porn (not safe for work! i.e. they show the quantum porn!) and Quantum porn engine foiled by strawberries and muffins: How the Cuil kids live. And yes, I “cuil”ed my own name, and no, this blog doesn’t come up (nor any quantum porn.)


  1. #1 Chris Granade
    July 31, 2008

    It sounds like it was noticed too soon. They may have something cool there (no pun intended), but of course it’s going to be wonky at first. Billing it as the project of a bunch of ex-Googlers is dooming it failure, as people expect it to be perfect out of the door.

  2. #2 Ian Durham
    July 31, 2008

    I guess by the title I was expecting to see a couple of qubits gettin’ it on. Bummer. That would have been interesting.

  3. #3 Kurt
    July 31, 2008

    Well, that sort of explains (without really explaining) something I had been wondering about. When I first heard about Cuil I tried it on my own name, and it did find several instances of me (although not my blog for some reason). But it paired up each hit with an image that had no discernible connection to the corresponding web page. At least there was no porn, thankfully.

  4. #4 JohnQPublic
    July 31, 2008

    Quantum porn? I guess superposition takes on a whole new meaning.

  5. #5 HP
    July 31, 2008

    In all fairness, “Grattage” does rhyme with “frottage.”

    Ooh, I think I’ll go look up “banal duck” and “loop spacial.”

  6. #6 Jon Grattage
    August 1, 2008

    Re: HP – not if you pronounce “Grattage” correctly…

    It’s easy to get entangled in quantum porn, but eventually you’ll be observed and that just leads to collapse, etc, etc…

    Cuil seem to have fixed this now, and have offered a nice apology.

  7. #7 Jonathan Vos Post
    August 1, 2008

    Quantum porn! New ways for naked oscillating bodies to be entangled. Want to watch? Enter your credit card number now…

  8. #8 JG
    August 2, 2008

    The Register now has a further article, including multiple quantum porn jokes…

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