We hear this term thrown around a lot in the tech space, but what does it actually mean?
In simple terms, Quantum Computing uses ‘qubits’ (quantum bits) which can be in 2 states simultaneously (0 and 1). Whereas in traditional computing, ‘bits’ which are used to store and process information can only be either 0 and 1, not both.
As qubits are able to be in more than one state at any one time, it means quantum computers can process information much faster than traditional computers. This faster process is particularly important for encryption to maintain cyber security, and as we enter a more automated, digitalised society, these things matter!
Quantum computing is still in its early days but there’s a few things we know already.
Quantum computing requires less memory and power; however, it is highly susceptible to errors in comparison to traditional computing.
We don’t know enough surrounding how predictable this way of working may be as it’s still in development and comes with a huge price point.
We will still use traditional Computers
It may be becoming the next new thing – however quantum is only used for specific tasks i.e. modelling and simulations so don’t expect them to be rolled out in your office anytime soon. We will still use traditional computers for browsing the internet and everyday tasks.
Due to the incredible speed of which qubits work at, quantum computing has the potential to revolutionise science and technology as we know it.
How long do you think it will be before quantum computers become the norm in the scientific/tech research space?
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