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Quantum states in conventional electronics may beat end of Moore’s law

December 15th, 2019 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

Graduate students Kevin Miao, Chris Anderson, and Alexandre Bourassa monitor quantum experiments at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering Scientists at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering have found a way to produce quantum states in ordinary, everyday electronics. By harnessing the properties of quantum mechanics without exotic materials or equipment, this […]



Volkswagen demonstrates first successful real-world use of quantum computing to help optimize traffic routing

December 14th, 2019 at 1:30 pm » Comments Off

A quantum computer from D-Wave. Copyright: D-Wave. Volkswagen AG has successfully demonstrated the world’s first live use of quantum computing to help optimize traffic routing. During the Web Summit conference in Lisbon, Portugal, nine public transit buses used a traffic management system developed by Volkswagen scientists in the United States and Germany, powered by a […]



Google says its quantum computer has just completed a 10,000-year task in less than four minutes

November 3rd, 2019 at 3:22 am » Comments Off

‘This achievement is the result of years of research and the dedication of many people,’ Google engineering director Hartmut Neven said in a blog post (Bloomberg) — Alphabet Inc.’s Google said it’s built a computer that’s reached “quantum supremacy,” performing a computation in 200 seconds that would take the fastest supercomputers about 10,000 years. The […]



Google quantum computer leaves old-school supercomputers in the dust

November 2nd, 2019 at 3:15 am » Comments Off

Google’s Sycamore chip powers a quantum computer  The era of practical quantum computers has begun — at least on one speed test showing “quantum supremacy.” A Google quantum computer has far outpaced ordinary computing technology, an achievement called quantum supremacy that’s an important milestone for a revolutionary way of processing data. Google disclosed the results […]



‘Quantum Apocalypse’: How ultra-powerful computers could cripple governments and effectively break the internet

October 12th, 2019 at 3:43 pm » Comments Off

  A new era of computing could bring about a ‘quantum apocalypse’ ‘Our modern systems of finance, commerce, communication, transportation, manufacturing, energy, government, and healthcare will for all intents and purposes cease to function,’ cyber security expert warns A new era of unfathomably fast computers is just a few years away, with quantum computers set […]



Here’s what quantum supremacy does—and doesn’t—mean for computing

September 29th, 2019 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

Google has reportedly demonstrated for the first time that a quantum computer is capable of performing a task beyond the reach of even the most powerful conventional supercomputer in any practical time frame—a milestone known in the world of computing as “quantum supremacy.” The ominous-sounding term, which was coined by theoretical physicist John Preskill in […]



IBM’s new 53-qubit quantum ‘mainframe’ is live in the cloud

September 27th, 2019 at 1:44 am » Comments Off

IBM has boosted its growing stable of quantum computers with a new 53-quantum bit (qubit) device, the most powerful ever offered for commercial use. Google announced a more powerful 72-qubit ‘Bristlecone’ model last year, but that was for its internal techies only. IBM’s, by contrast, feels significant because it can be used by absolutely anyone […]



Physicists use light waves to accelerate supercurrents, enable ultrafast quantum computing

July 18th, 2019 at 7:53 am » Comments Off

Scientists have discovered that terahertz light — light at trillions of cycles per second — can act as a control knob to accelerate supercurrents. That can help open up the quantum world of matter and energy at atomic and subatomic scales to practical applications such as ultrafast computing. Jigang Wang patiently explained his latest discovery […]



A quantum revolution is coming

June 4th, 2019 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

Quantum physics, the study of the universe on an atomic scale, gives us a reference model to understand the human ecosystem in the discrete individual unit. It helps us understand how individual human behavior impacts collective systems and the security of humanity. Metaphorically, we can see this in how a particle can act both like […]



Top 10 technology trends transforming Humanity beyond cyberspace, Geospace and Space

April 7th, 2019 at 12:54 am » Comments Off

Human interest in exploring the unknowns has always been universal and enduring. While, over the years, the nature of exploration has changed fundamentally, humans have always been keen to explore the unknown and discover new worlds: be it beyond our geographical boundaries, new trade routes, lands, or opportunities in cyberspace, geospace, and space (CGS). In […]



IBM unveils its first commercial quantum computer

January 14th, 2019 at 12:37 pm » Comments Off

  IBM Q System One At CES, IBM today announced its first commercial quantum computer for use outside of the lab. The 20-qubit system combines into a single package the quantum and classical computing parts it takes to use a machine like this for research and business applications. That package, the IBM Q system, is […]



20 mind- boggling facts about quantum computing everyone should read

February 27th, 2018 at 11:10 am » Comments Off

The dream of “quantum computing” – harnessing the power of quantum-level mechanics in order to create computers far faster and more powerful than any available today – came a step closer to reality recently.



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