The future of computing is quantum. Where classical computers convert information into ones and zeroes, quantum computers can process it as either or both. These qubits are capable of running multidimensional quantum algorithms which can tackle super-complex problems..
But while the theory is sound, quantum computing has yet to truly make the leap into real-world applications. One of the challenges is the cost of experimentation – building, adapting and maintaining the hardware to test out new ideas. Amazon Braket is attempting to make this easier, by providing cloud access to different types of quantum computers and circuit simulators to speed up research.
Another big hurdle with quantum computing has been error correction. To minimise errors in calculations, the computers need to be kept in precision-controlled, laboratory conditions – which is impractical in the longer term. Riverlane has partnered with Rigetti to tackle exactly this problem. Riverlane’s Deltaflow.OS aims to be compatible with any quantum hardware.
To minimise errors in calculations, the computers need to be kept in precision-controlled, laboratory conditions – which is impractical in the longer term.
And Australia’s Silicon Quantum Computing achieved a major breakthrough in June 2022 by creating the world’s first quantum computer circuit – containing all of the components found in a traditional microchip, but at quantum scale. The company had already built the world’s first quantum transistor in 2012, so they’ll following the same path that led to the first classical computers.
Quantum computing is stepping out of the lab, and could be landing in your industry sooner than you think.