What does the future hold for quantum computing? Experts explain

-A World Economic Forum issue briefing on quantum computing explored the technology, where it’s come from and where it’s heading.

-Experts from academia and industry discussed the challenges, next steps and where we might be in five years and beyond.

-There’s a lot of uncertainty, but all participants stressed the need for collaboration.

Most of you are probably familiar with computers. But what about quantum computers?

Commercial quantum computers may still be a way off, but Goldman Sachs announced quantum algorithms could price financial instruments in the next five years.

At a World Economic Forum issue briefing, experts from industry and academia looked at the technology – what it is, where it’s come from and where it’s heading.

Taking part were Dario Gil, Senior Vice President and Director Research, IBM; Freeke Heijman, Founding Director at Quantum Delta, NL; Jeremy Jurgens, Managing Director, World Economic Forum; Robert Hackett, Senior Writer, FortuneJohn Preskill, Amazon Scholar, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Caltech.

 Here are some of the key talking points. You can watch the full session here.

How is a quantum computer different from a regular computer?

“When many particles interact with one another, according to the principles of quantum mechanics, then it turns out it’s extraordinarily complex to describe what those particles are doing using ordinary language or classical computers,” explained John Preskill.

“And so, if we can control how those particles interact, then we should be able to perform information processing tasks that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.”

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