A quantum of possibilities:
The business advantages of taking the quantum leap
The pace of technological innovation in computing has been astonishing, triggering an equally stunning rise in the volume and complexity of challenges that test the limits of today’s computers. But the parade of innovations that have produced ever-faster and more powerful computer chips is in danger of falling behind.
“Quantum computers will open not only a higher processing speed but also applications that we never thought of before.”
Ray Laflamme, Executive Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo
Quantum computers promise exponentially more speed and power than what is attainable by traditional computers today, and they have the potential to impact problems on a global scale. The possibilities of solving what is unsolvable today are significant for businesses and for the planet. Explore the study to learn more.
What is quantum computing?
By harnessing quantum super-positioning to represent multiple states simultaneously, quantum-based computers promise exponential leaps in performance over today’s traditional computers.
Some of the advantages are obvious: speed to handle process-intensive workloads and the power to scale out depending on business need. But the real differentiator is that these benefits compound quantum's true strength--an entirely new way to tackle problems. Virtually any area where computing speed and power are critical – from pharmaceutical and financial services to travel and transportation – could benefit from the quantum advantage.
Inside quantum minds
What’s on the mind of some the top quantum computing experts today?
“Quantum is a very good example of the rapid progress we can make if we are ambitious and focused. Think about the opportunity for our planet.”
Alan Aspuru-Guzik, Professor of Chemistry, Harvard University
“A quantum computer would not just be a faster iteration of today’s computers. It would be a fundamentally new type of computer.”
Scott Aaronson, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT
“Computing and quantum physics were two great scientific themes of the 20th century. The merging of the two is something much greater than the two separately.”
David DiVincenzo, Professor of Physics at the Aachen University
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Principal, IBM Center For Applied Insights
Cynthya Peranandam is Principal Consultant for the IBM Center for Applied Insights, providing data-driven thought leadership to foster strategic conversations. Previously, she led marketing strategy for IBM Social Business solutions and IBM’s private cloud platform. Cynthya has worked with clients across the digital spectrum, and has driven adoption and commercialization of emerging technology through IBM's early-adopter program. She is the author of numerous blogs and reports about business and technology.