What if I tell you that a someone can solve a problem in 300 seconds that would have taken the world’s most powerful SUPERCOMPUTER 10,000 years. That someone is the Quantum computer. This is exactly what Google claimed in a recent article, acquiring the ever-deemed quantum supremacy. It is the future of technology. It is the future of Humanity. And this is the future of power.
WHAT IS QUANTUM COMPUTER?
In order to understand the true potentials of Quantum computer, it is necessary to understand what they are. They are fundamentally different from traditional computers. Traditional computers work on BITS, the 1s and 0s, that are represented by electrical current or voltage. But a quantum computer makes use of Quantum mechanic’s principles of SUPERPOSITION and ENTANGLEMENT. Quantum computer work on QUBITS (quantum bits).
Making the things simple and not going into the advance Quantum mechanics. We can say that Quantum computer is highly efficient version of present-day computers. A BIT can either be 1 or a 0 at a given time. contrary the QUBIT can be both at the same time increasing the possibilities and making parallel processing possible. A 30-qubit quantum computer would equal the processing power of a conventional computer that could run at 10 teraflops (trillions of floating-point operations per second).
THE RACE FOR POWER
Tech giants like Google, IBM, Microsoft, Intel and the governments of many countries are pouring tons of money in this research field. This is because a win in this race would give them immense power over the rest of the world. After the Google’s announcement of achieving Quantum supremacy (beating ordinary computer at a task), the race has gone into the splint phase. With a lot on the stake, humanity is looking towards is next big milestone. According to researchers:
“The miraculous power of quantum computer is going to make all the progress made in the past, too slow “
THE POSSIBILITIES AT A GLANCE
Nature is not based upon 1s and 0s, it is rather made of Quantum particles. Many believe Quantum simulations will be a tremendous life changing application of Quantum computers. With better and more accurate Molecular simulation, we will be able to simulate interactions between drugs and microbes of diseases. Currently pharmaceutical companies are spending Billions on research with trial and error method. Still not knowing what the cure for a specific disease would be. The quantum computer can do all of that decade long research in mere seconds, saving countless lives and money too.
It can also help us in our war against the global climate change by accurately forecasting with improved pattern recognition. So,Quantum data-base search is to take you much beyond google . As working with the optimization process, it would serve as an angel in research works. This could allow humanity to abstract the usable DATA more efficiently saving us all the time of data optimization.
Yet another phenomenal application is in cryptography. Cryptography is the backbone of word’s cyber security that contains mathematical equations that are almost impossible to solve. But with quantum computer it is only going to be a work of few seconds, to break into any data base or any computer in the world. That is also one of the reasons that governments around the world are keeping them under guard. Ans also they are desperately investing in this technology to make them safe.
On the nutshell, no doubt that the Quantum technology has the power to change the world and our lives forever and for good. But there is still a long way to go. many obstacles to beaten before we can enjoy the luxuries of ever deemed and yet ever confusing and mystical Quantum physics.