Its quantum computer can solve tasks that are otherwise unsolvable, a report says.
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Google researchers are throwing around the term "quantum supremacy" as a result, the FT said, because their quantum computer can solve tasks that can't otherwise be solved. "To our knowledge, this experiment marks the first computation that can only be performed on a quantum processor," the research paper reportedly said.
"We are cautiously optimistic that quantum supremacy can be achieved with Bristlecone," said Julian Kelly, a research scientist at Google's Quantum AI Lab, said at the time. "We believe the experimental demonstration of a quantum processor outperforming a supercomputer would be a watershed moment for our field."