Google on Wednesday said that it had achieved “quantum supremacy,” a long-sought milestone that could mark the arrival of computing speeds inconceivable with today’s technology.
New York Times reports that a research lab in California, Google’s quantum computer needed just over three minutes to perform a mathematical calculation that would take a supercomputer at least 10,000 years, the company said in a paper in the science journal Nature.
New York Times reporter, Dennis Overbye, explains “Ordinary computers store data and perform computations as a series of bits that are either 1 or 0. By contrast, a quantum computer uses qubits, which can be 1 and 0 at the same time, at least until they are measured.”
It is believed that someday, these computers could power advances in artificial intelligence. But they could also overwhelm the encryption that protects national security.
Source: New York Times