Imagine reading a library at once rather than one book at a time — that’s what quantum computers can do.
The required hardware is inconvenient, however.
D-Wave, a company that claims it’s the first to build a quantum computer, has been making headlines recently after Google and NASA proved that one of its machines can indeed perform quantum operations. Though not a universal quantum computer, the D-Wave machines suggest that this target might not be far off. This is subject that deserves a lot more interest, though, and if you don’t know anything about quantum computers (where to start, right?), I suggest you check out this great talk by the D-Wave founder and CTO, Geordie Rose. In a quarter hour or so, Rose speaks about how quantum computers work, in principle, and how we have to stretch our perception to fit parallel universes to be able to conceive them. He also makes three crazy predictions, which I won’t spoil. Enjoy!
While robots today have become more adapted, they’re still essentially stupid – limited to a particular pre-programmed series of tasks, slow to respond to complex environments and unable to learn from past experience. The future belongs to machine learning and cognitive computing, a new field that’s set to have a great impact on our lives, but before this can happen
For some time, Google scientists have been experimenting with artificial intelligence using quantum devices provided by D-Wave. According to Google, the company’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab will soon develop their own quantum hardware, most probably in a bid to secure novel technology. Quantum computers are set to be the next generation of computing devices capable of computations order of magnitude above what
IBM recently made public its intentions of developing what will be upon its completion the world’s largest data array, consisting of 200,000 conventional hard disk drives intertwined and working together, adding to 120 petabytes of available storage space. The contract for this massive data array, 10 times bigger than any other data center in the world at present date, has
It’s amazing where computer science is heading to, and with quantum computing getting more and more popular, the trend of evolving towards smaller and smaller scales has just reached another level – an atomic level. Gerhard Rempe at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching have stored quantum information in a single atom! This new method will help
The laws of quantum physics are strange, but they do allow some pretty awesome stuff, which wouldn’t otherwise be possible in our day to day life. Perhaps one of the most interesting developments they could bring come from the world of quantum computers. The fact that researchers have successfully teleported light without losing information could revolutionize the process of building
Quantum computers – closer thank you think The microprocessors used today are absolutely amazing on their own; it seemed, and for good reason, that there was little we could do to improve them. If anything was to top microprocessors, it would have to be something from a totally different league, which is just down right hard. But then, the