Computers: Imagining the Future of Computing

Quantum computing is an emerging technology that consists of computing systems that use quantum-mechanical phenomena to perform computation. Systems based on the principles of quantum mechanics, including quantum computers, can solve certain problems faster than classical computers for complex mathematical models and engineering projects. We see tell-tale signs of change all around us. Gradually, more people are using language to express themselves in writing. Social media has connected millions of people across cultural divides, democratizing sharing, and spreading ideas at rocket speed.

What are Quantum Computers? Quantum computers are just around the corner. Current-day chips are based on transistor-based design, but the next generation of chips will be purely quantum mechanical in their design. These theoretical machines offer bizarre new possibilities for manipulating information.

How do they work? Although it is difficult to say with certainty, the general consensus among researchers and scientists who work directly on quantum computing is that all computations short of those using truly astronomical numbers of digits will eventually be performed using a quantum device.

How will Quantum computers change the world? It is not something that you can buy at your local PC store. Yet, it’s nonetheless stirring up the science-and-technology world. These super-powerful computers harness properties of subatomic particles to perform calculations far faster than classical computers (think of them like miniature laboratories on silicon chips). They make calculations with dramatically heightened security and would unleash enormous computing power–the world’s most valuable resource–on important problems in health, agriculture, chemistry, transportation, manufacturing, and many other areas.

The Challenges of Quantum Computing: The biggest challenge associated with quantum computers is programming. It might be necessary to completely redesign all of the apps we use today to take full advantage of these powerful machines. Another big challenge is getting electrons to interact in a predictable way. Physicists are not sure how this will happen, but they’re confident it will be solved in due time.

Author: Dr. Angelos Liapis (PostDoc, PhD, MSc, MRes), CEO Konnektable Technologies Ltd

Source: LinkedIn article