Jeff Forshaw: quantum computers are leaping ahead

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 18:30 in Physics & Chemistry

Quantum computers are ever closer to becoming a reality, and when they arrive they will revolutionise computing powerThe reality of the universe in which we live is an outrage to common sense. Over the past 100 years, scientists have been forced to abandon a theory in which the stuff of the universe constitutes a single, concrete reality in exchange for one in which a single particle can be in two (or more) places at the same time. This is the universe as revealed by the laws of quantum physics and it is a model we are forced to accept – we have been battered into it by the weight of the scientific evidence. Without it, we would not have discovered and exploited the tiny switches present in their billions on every microchip, in every mobile phone and computer around the world. The modern world is built using quantum physics: through...

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