Google claims it’s quantum computer can do the impossible in 200 secondsOctober 23, 2019
Google has apparently invented the machine that needs 200 seconds to solve a problem which would take the fastest supercomputer 10,000 years to solve. This speed is being called a breakthrough in computer tech ‘Quantum Supremacy’ according to a Google blog and article in ‘Nature’ a scientific journal.
It was announced on Wednesday that quantum computers are the new up and coming technology to store and process a larger quantity of information than normal it’s by tapping into powerful forces from the field of physics called quantum physics. A difference between the two leagues of computers is that normal computers utilize data that exists in one state at one time. Quantum computers, on the other hand, use quantum bits, qubits, that which can be any digit combination between zero and one and the faster speed for processing.
Google will also be trying to build a ‘fault-tolerant quantum computer’ in the near future as it predicts use in designing lightweight batteries for cars and planes, along with new medicines. The necessary computational capabilities are yet to be treated with hard engineering and scientific work.
The speed experiment by Google has been criticized by experts and rivals alike after the results were leaked online before being officially published. IBM said of the development that Google was overestimating the difficulty of a computing task. They said that the problem would not take 10,000 years but 2.5 days to resolve. They claim that the community should view the results with skepticism.
The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, defended the claim by comparing it to the attempts of the Wright brothers to take flight. He said that the first flight only lasted 12 seconds and had no practical usage, but it indicated that a plane could fly.
China is the frontrunner in quantum computing development that may find use in military applications. The USA is now not to be left far behind, sparking what many are calling a quantum arms race.