Without getting too detailed, scientists have invented a way to run a quantum computer that produces answers without actually running a program. New Scientist Quantum computer works best switched off I consider myself a pretty knowledgable guy about how things work (computers especially) so it's pretty humbling when I read an article like this and realize that there are people working on quantum computers that understand that technology to such an extent that someone like me is a complete noob in their domain. Not only do I not understand it, it makes no sense to me at all. Yikes! None the less, it is a pretty interesting read.