Here is a review of those items:
1. Dwave systems’ adiabatic quantum computers (AQC) will come up short of the projected 512 to 1000 qubits and likely end the year at 128 qubits. 128 qubits is still the most for a quantum computer by a large margin. Successful development of quantum computers would accelerate the development of molecular nanotechnology with superior molecular simulation and modeling.
The Dwave System AQC is making progress to quantify what performance will be possible on its systems and in determining the quantumness of their systems.
So Dwave is still pushing ahead to record numbers of qubits and working to refine the efficiency of their systems and to expand the areas where this system will have superior performance. Dwave will explore where to use this system and will continue to refine their designs and increase the qubits and increase performance.
2. Inertial Electrostatic (Bussard Fusion) WB-7 prototype reactor was built and operated. The results are still not published, but are suspected to be mostly confirming the final WB6 result success. There are likely also some issues to be addressed. The ultimate potential impact may not be known until follow up funding and work is done and the details of what has been learned in the WB-7 tests will not be known until the results are published.
3. Breakthrough memjet printers were delayed into 2009. The 2008 versions of the memjet printers were expected to be 60 page per minute.
This pricing level was not expected until the end of 2009 or 2010.
7. 2008 a year of significant improvements in communication speed.
Wimax progress has been slower than was expected at the end of 2007, but the FCC has approved the Sprint/Clearwire deal. The FCC also approved white space airwaves for public use.
10. 2008 was a breakthrough year for low cost DNA sequencing and synthesis.
The non-technological thing to watch: The Taiwan Presidential election correctly forecasted that Ma would win the Taiwan Presidency and would move to improve relations with China.
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