VIDEO: #IBM plans a huge leap in superfast #quantumcomputing by 2023
Tucked in the back of a laboratory at the IBM Research facility less than an hour north of New York City is a hulking mass of stainless steel and aluminum that looks like a sci-fi teleportation machine.
I say as much to Dario Gil, who is leading a tour of the Yorktown, N.Y., site, as I clamber onto the rim of the machine for a photo opp. A coterie of masked engineers looks on like proud parents. The director of IBM Research considers the comment for a moment. Gil’s eyes glint, and he replies in his Spanish accent, “Well, it eez one!”
Gil isn’t joking: I’m standing on a quantum computer, or at least the exterior “clamshell” of one that IBM is building. A form of quantum teleportation will take place inside through the strange quantum mechanical properties of “superposition” and “entanglement” that make quantum computers hum—even if this device won’t zap my own.
Quantum computers are the next evolution of today’s speediest supercomputers; the machines are now being developed by a range of tech giants, such as Google, Intel, and Honeywell, and startups, like Rigetti and IonQ. The machines are expected to solve presently intractable problems in science and business with applications spanning chemical modeling, hedge fund portfolio-strategizing, drug discovery, and A.I. advancements
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