Quantum Computing Edges Closer to Reality

Sharon Gaudin Senior Writer of Computerworld reports Quantum computing, which has been more predominant in science fiction tales, could become a reality within the next ten years.  Even though the technology is still under development, vital breakthroughs have been realized, reducing the number of years needed to deliver an actual practical infrastructure.

Quantum computers promise to accelerate computing capabilities by catapulting the strengths of the esoteric fabric of reality—the weird and preposterous field of quantum physics. Instead of processing data using bits symbolized by 0s and 1s as classical computers do, quantum computers rely on quantum bits, or qubits, to process data as 0s and 1s, or a superposition of both values —something which makes them inconceivably powerful.

Researchers around the world have made critical advances to make the possibilities of quantum computers real. For instance, in September 2016, scientists at the University of Calgary fruitfully teleported a photon, which is a tiny light particle, over a length of six kilometers in a fiber optic cable.

The important breakthrough, which was financed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), marked a key milestone in quantum teleportation studies. It could also instigate the development of more secure online communications in the foreseeable future.

According to Prof. Wolfgang Tittel, a leading scientist at the University of Calgary, this development would allow individuals to securely communicate without worrying about eavesdropping, and also enable super-fast connection between far-flung quantum computers. Furthermore, in May 2016, IBM Research unveiled a free online service that allowed the public to use its massive five-qubit quantum computer located at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, New York. Anyone can access the quantum computer over the Internet using a simple software interface, and play with the extensive dynamics of quantum systems.

This way, IBM hopes to make the technology easily accessible and speed up innovations in this field. If more researchers are involved in using this machine, unlocking new frontiers with this amazing technology becomes easy and quickens its practical adoption in solving real-world problems.

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