This year, IBM announced the world’s first integrated quantum computing system.
The IBM Q System One enables universal approximate superconducting quantum computers to operate outside the research lab for the first time. It’s a major step forward in the commercialisation of quantum computing, which could one day enable breakthroughs in such areas as materials and drug discovery, financial services, and artificial intelligence.
What is quantum computing?
Quantum computing has the potential to be transformative because of its ability to solve complex world problems. Business, science, education and government could change in fundamentally new ways.
Last year WIRED challenged IBM’s Dr Talia Gershon (Director, Research Strategy & Growth Initiatives) to explain quantum computing to 5 different people; a child, teen, a university student, a grad student and a professional.
“Get ready to think outside a box you didn’t know existed” – Charles Bennett
Charles Bennett is a pioneer in the field of quantum information theory at IBM Research and an IBM Fellow. He describes the theory as “like information in a dream.”
The complexity of coffee
The computers we know and love today are called classical computers, but there are some problems that they’re incapable of solving. Consider the caffeine molecule in a cup of coffee. That tiny molecule is so complex that no classic computer exists, or could be built, that would be capable of modelling caffeine and fully understanding its detailed structure and properties. This is the type of challenge quantum has the potential to tackle.
Quantum at your finger tips
Intrigued about quantum? The IBM Q Experience is quantum on the cloud, which means you can run experiments on IBM Q systems and simulators available to the public and the IBM Q Network from your home, office or lab.
Or explore more by visiting the IBM Research blog on all things quantum here.
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