Quantum computing and Scott Locklin

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I can't figure out if quantum computing is a complete scam or if it's a good but slow moving field. Based on the huge progress in the last 4 years, things seem to be picking up on the experimental and engineering side, but it's hard to shake the skepticism off. Is quantum just nanotech 2.0?

Similarly, I can't figure out Scott Locklin actually brings up good points, or he's a bitter experimentalist-turned-financebro who's operating on really rusty fundamentals. Dude seems to have a chip on his shoulder for literally anything that isn't space age or on the shoulders of WWII. Everything of his that I read seems to subscribe to a macho man "my raised eyebrow is better than your hopes or hardwork" attitude.