Google is a year away from having a 50-qubit quantum computer

Discussion in 'Computer Science & Culture' started by Plazma Inferno!, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

    It’s no secret that Google is striving to build a quantum computer that can outperform conventional computers—a concept known as quantum supremacy. Having tested—with no small amount of controversy—D-Wave’s quantum computers, the company hired acclaimed physicist John Martinis in 2014 to build its own quantum chips. More recently, it published results which suggested that a powerful quantum computer might be easier to build than was previously thought.
    While Google itself remains tight-lipped on timings, many researchers in the field reckon its team isn’t far from completing perhaps the most advanced quantum device the world has seen.
    Several scientists familiar with Google’s progress, suggest that a functioning 50-qubit quantum chip, enough to overpower conventional supercomputers at a certain kind of calculation, could be ready by as soon as the end of 2017.
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  3. someguy1 Registered Senior Member

    Without knowing the details, but having followed Scott Aaronson's regular D-Wave debunkings over the years, it sounds to me that perhaps Google bought D-Wave's hype department along with their not-actually-quantum technology. No way to know at the moment.
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