Technology keeps on getting faster and faster. Today, Google has announced it designed a quantum computer that can solve a problem in 200 seconds – which would take the world’s fastest computer 10,000 years to compute.
The experiment, which is titled Quantum Supremacy, is compromised of a two-dimensional grid, which has a 54-qubit processor. which is called “Sycamore”. It is comprised of high-fidelity logic gates, which allows the computer to perform benchmark testing. In everyday terms, it’s basically a very fast computer that uses Quantum Mechanics to deliver the speeds.
The machine was able to run the experiment in 200 seconds, which would normally take the fastest supercomputer 10,000 years to the compute.
So, what’s next? The team will look to bring the supremacy-class processors to collaborators and researchers, as well as computers interested in developing for the NISQ processors.
They will also invest in their team and technology, in order to build a fault-tolerant quantum computer as quickly as possible. If they are able to do this, this device could help design materials such as lightweight batteries for cars, and more effective medicines.
Obviously, the everyday consumer won’t have access to technology like this for a long time. However, Quantum Computers can certainly help us give everyday users access to faster and more reliable technology.