OK, reading this article and thinking through the scenarios makes my head hurt. According to New Scientist, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have build a non-running quantum computer that, despite the fact that it isn’t running, can still produce a result.
I’m not even going to try and explain how this works, since quantum physics isn’t my area of expertise. Read the article for the details. Now if only they could extend this to the workplace so we can not work and still get paid.