IBM just took the Quantum computer race to another level with its new build making it the most powerful in the world.
With competitors like Google and other tech firms investing in the same arena, IBM is not sitting back and waiting for someone else to beat them to it and has now developed a new powerful Quantum computer to prove its dominance.
Dario Gil, who leads IBM’s quantum computing and artificial intelligence research division, said Friday that the company’s scientists have successfully built and measured a processor prototype with 50 quantum bits, known as qubits.
Gil says it’s the first time any company has built a quantum computer at this scale.
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Quantum computing, a technology that’s still in its early phases, uses the quirks of quantum physics to perform calculations at far higher speeds than current computers.
Seth Lloyd, an MIT mechanical engineering professor not involved in IBM’s research, says it’s likely that IBM still has glitches to work out but the 50-qubit announcement is a sign of significant progress.
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