Toms Hardware: The award was prompted by an article describing the views of a quantum computing skeptic and a proponent. As part of the discussion Scott Aaronson was challenged to support his opinion with real money, which he now did.
A win-win situation for Scott Aaronson. If someone actually proves him wrong and claims the $100,000 he can stop his work that would have led to a dead end eventually. Is nobody is able to claim the prize, then he will still have brought more interest to scalable quantum computers and helped push that subject further ahead.
Yes its a win win situation. A million dollars will generate interest in any field.
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