IBM releases roadmap to quantum computing “inflection point”

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IBM thinks it can deliver a quantum computer that would marry enormous computing power with a tough-to-achieve low rate of errors by 2023, per a technical timeline the company published today.Why it matters: Companies, most notably IBM and Google, are investing heavily in a race to commercialize quantum computers that ultimately may be able to solve some problems much faster than a classical computer. IBM’s stake in the ground represents what the firm says is an “inflection point” after which the rate of progress in the field will rapidly increase.”If you are a business or institution that relies on computation as means of competitive advantage or security, you need to know it is coming and act on it,” says Dario Gil, director of IBM Research. He says the roadmap lays out the parallel progress required in software, cryogenics and other technologies to support quantum computing, and is “part of the equation of how the industry evolves” in terms of workforce development, investments, and infrastructure.How it works: Unlike the bits in classical computers that can represent two states of information — represented as “0” or “1” in binary code — quantum bits, or qubits, can hold multiple states of information at once, a …

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