Australian scientists have made a breakthrough in the race to create the world's first quantum computer.
Big news for high intensity data processing.The quantum bit, a basic unit of data for such a computer, was developed by a team led by engineers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
Working with researchers from the University of Melbourne and University College, London, they were able to write information onto a single atom in silicon to make the quantum bit.
Quantum computers could solve problems that even supercomputers find impossible, and at a much faster speed than currently possible, according to Dr Andrea Morello of the UNSW School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications.
"These include data-intensive problems, such as cracking modern encryption codes, searching databases, and modelling biological molecules and drugs," he said.
His UNSW colleague Professor Andrew Dzurak described it as a "remarkable scientific achievement".
They hope the first prototype quantum computer could be ready in the next five to 10 years. Their findings were published in science journal Nature on Thursday.
We may be able to make a 1:1 model of the Earth now.
We could all sit outside on banana lounges discussing the best way to rebuild a 4WD transmission and agree, through shared stories of conquests supporting our assertions, that there is no basis to the proposition that those least assured of their persuasions are the first to condemn others for theirs.
I'm sure the British press claimed it as a home goal as well...
This is actually Canadian invention. I am sure city of Toronto was involved in some way.
Michio Kaku ..my favorite science presenter. He says in the video that the world record for a quantum computing calculation is 3 x 5 = 15. I'm not sure what performed that calculation though, as the quantum computer doesn't exist yet. Maybe it was a simulation of a quantum computer on a classical computer.
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I read a very good article (aimed at the layman) in The New Yorker recently. I hope it is online. I'll look for it in a minute.
This quantum computing is beyond fascinating. I don't understand the mechanics (obviously) but even the broad concepts made my brain vomit.