In January at the Consumer Electronics Show, IBM Q, a pioneering industry initiative trying to bring quantum computers from labs to the real world, unveiled System One: a dazzling, delicate, and chandelier-like machine that’s now the first integrated universal quantum computing system for commercial use, available for anyone to play with.
You’ve probably heard of quantum computers’ potential: the properties of quantum physics blast open massively parallel computing schemes that will likely deliver huge leaps in computing power, potentially outstripping any transistor-based supercomputers we can come up with-today and tomorrow.
Computing a molecule’s quantum state is incredibly computationally challenging with our current computers, but it’s right up a quantum computer’s alley.
Still with me? Here’s Jeff Welser on the current state and future of quantum computing.
Shelly Fan: Why did IBM decide to build and release IBM Q? Jeff Welser: Think of this early stage of quantum computing like classical computing in the 1950s, and the beginnings of the mainframe.
SF: Do you envision quantum computing as the future of computation?
JW: Quantum computers and classical computers will work together for the foreseeable future.
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