Have you guys seen the latest breakthrough in Quantum Computing?
Check it out: The speediest quantum operation yet.
Did you take a peek at the article, or did you move on to more seductive news? I hope you took a chance for science. There will be more Donald Trump tweets to read about tomorrow.
If you did read the article, it probably had you feeling one of three ways: excited (like me), scared (also like me), or completely bored.
Do I understand the article? Nope. Not really. And that’s even after the subject matter has been dumbed down for my consumption.
Physicists don’t even know what is happening in the quantum realm. But they are smart enough to figure out some of the rules. And upon those rules, they have built their layers of abstraction. Their decades of hard work have culminated into the two-qubit quantum gate.
Are you familiar with a qubit? It’s a quantum bit. Unlike the on-or-off-only “bit” your laptop or cellphone uses to process and store information, the qubit has an extra “state”. This state is the weird, confusing part about quantum physics. It is not a defined state, but a probability of possible states. The possibilities of harnessing their processing power could give us computers that are magnitudes faster than what we have now.
And now that these qubits have been packaged into a silicon logic gate like today’s computer processors, I feel like its only a matter of time before something mind-blowing happens (If it hasn’t already in some secret facility).
The scientists involved in the known projects tell us to be patient; that useful applications are years away. We will see.
By the way, China just teleported a particle 500 kilometres away. To a satellite.