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The Next Big Thing
Quantum computers will blow your mindReady for a guaranteed weather forecast or perfect cancer screening?
On the threshold of Quantum Computing. This is wonky but stay with me. You know how we're used to things getting smaller and smaller, faster and faster in electronics. What's about to happen with Quantum Computing? It's gonna make the past look incredibly slow. Welcome to one of our Quantum Computing Labs. IBM recently announced a breakthrough in its ability to store data on a single atom. Now, that atom can just represent a single one or zero, which may not sound like much of an accomplishment, but that's the basic building block of every file in the world, right? CNET Steven Shankland reports, today's best technology uses about 100,000 Atoms. To represent 1-1, or 0, 100,000 full increase is pretty impressive. You're probably thinking right now, great, my USB [UNKNOWN] drive getting 100,000 times smaller, I'll never find it. This isn't really about driving smaller things in consumer products Complexity and power are. Today's computers relatively big horsey bits can represent either a one or a zero. But atomic Quantum Bits called QBits can be both a one and a zero based on the particles magnetic state often compared to the direction of a compass needle On top of that orientation is a layer of probability of that orientation. Which is, in itself, another form of information on the same bit. And when you gather an array of particles with such rich information, their density of storage, or of computing power, scales exponentially. That can lead to machines that can actually make calculations, models and AI learnings that are impossible today. The weather forecast might become a guarantee or cancer detection a certainty. Many researchers feel Your quantum computers don't so much replace today's classical machines but pick up where they're about to peter out. You see we're fast approaching some physical limits of Moore's Law which has been driving these convulsive increases in processing speed and data storage density. That's because these little tiny microscopic connections you see on an integrated circuit are actually in the way. Quantum computing goes to a whole another level where those are no longer a hurdle. The idea of putting Quantum computing on the Cloud it is the beginning of something truly important. Now those are thinking this Quantum computing technologies coming to your phone or your laptop anytime soon. It's being invasive largely as Cloud based machines. They can store incredible amounts or do amazing calculations but that of course makes the question Where's the pipeline to then deliver that performance down to the end user? Be it an individual, or a company or an organization. 6G anyone? To know what's next in the world of technology go to CNET.com/NextBigThing. I'm Brian Colen.