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Some technologies, it’s said, are “always 10 years away” – we hear this in reference to autonomous vehicles and quantum computing. Of course, how far away we think they are has a lot to do with how they’re defined. Semi-autonomous cars are here today and becoming smarter with each new model year. As for quantum computing, Lux Research, Boston, can be added to those who say that while quantum is progressing toward eventual practical realization, achieving “quantum superiority” over classical supercomputing within the next 10 years is less certain (though Google claimed to have broken the superiority barrier last year).
In its recent report, Preparing for Quantum Computing, Lux analyzed the quantum landscape and mapped out likely paths the technology will take as it evolves. According to Lux:
As innovation continues to accelerate, quantum computing has become an increasingly important technology to monitor as part of the broader wave of digital transformation. Quantum computing aims to solve complex problems that are impossible to address with today’s supercomputers and has strong potential across multiple industry sectors, including pharma, energy, finance, logistics, manufacturing, and materials. However, there are significant obstacles in developing the technology that are currently limiting, and these obstacles will …
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