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The race is on for quantum supremacy—the point at which #quantumcomputing will outperform even the best conventional computer. #Google, #IBM and other companies want to break that barrier and tackle problems that no current supercomputer can handle. IBM took a step in this direction Wednesday when they announced the creation of a 17-qubit quantum computing processor. Computing time on this system will be sold to undisclosed companies through cloud access to tackle business problems, IBM Research Vice President of Science and Solutions Dario Gil told Motherboard. “We are focused on the computational power of a quantum system to explore practical applications, and that depends on far more than simply the number of qubits,” he said, noting the system will be used to explore applications in chemistry, finance and logistics.

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