Another step has been taken toward the creation of quantum computers which is discussed in this article. The article talks about the development of a new qubit silicon chip. The article explains to the uninitiated the difference between the bit system that computers currently use and the qubit system used in these early quantum computers. Data in a computer is stored in the memory as binary, a series of 1’s and 0’s which are represented by a physical two-choice bit whereas quibits exist in a state of both at the same time. The article goes on to describe other methods that qubit systems have been created such as super-cooled superconducting electronics or atoms trapped by lasers. The article explains how the silicon chip allows the qubits to interact with each other through photons. The researchers were able to perform certain test algorithms designed for quantum technologies. The article ends explaining why this may lead to even more breakthroughs in the development of the commercial quantum computer.
I find this extremely interesting because quantum mechanics and quantum computing are the fields in physics and computer science, respectively, that haven’t been fully explored, a frontier I wish to be a part of. Quantum computing takes advantage of the odd phenomenon that occurs in quantum mechanics that is otherwise impossible in classical physics. The idea that something can exist in two states was theorized by Schrodinger in his famous Schrodinger cat experiment and is possible through quantum mechanics and when used by computers can allow for us to store incredible amounts of information compared to a binary bit system. Everyone nowadays is looking for the big breakthrough in A.I. but I do not believe it will occur until the first quantum super-computer is created, which theoretically would have the power to make the IBM Sequoia (the 4th most powerful supercomputer in the world) look like a common dell laptop.
(IBM Sequoia ^)