Posted by: crudbasher | March 11, 2013

What Is Quantum Computing?

When I blog I try to pick topics in technology that are a little bit further out on the horizon. Technologies like solar power, self-driving cars and augmented reality are all things I feel are going to change our society dramatically in the next 10 years. What amazes me is the number of technologies that are just on the horizon that can do this. Imagine if electricity, automobiles, airplanes and the computer were all invented in the same 20 year timeframe. That is what I see about to happen.

One technology that is kind of mind blowing is called Quantum Computing. A standard computer today operates in only two states, a zero and a one. It can be in one of the two states, but not both at the same time. Ok so what this means is a traditional computer has trouble with tasks with many solutions because it has to test them one at a time until it finds the best one. A quantum computer, (and this is very simplified) can be in many states at the same time, thus it can try out many possible solutions at the same time. Computers based on this technology will be not just hundreds of time more powerful than what we have today, but millions. From my understanding, there will be certain types of problems that you can’t even solve today that will become easy to solve.

Here is a video explaining this.

 

Lockheed Martin is claiming a breakthrough in quantum computing, but don’t get too excited there have already been several breakthroughs in the past year. :) Still, a quantum computer would be a game changer in many fields such as medicine, physics, economics, cryptography, aerospace, automotive, and simulation.

Here’s Lockheed’s video talking about quantum computing.

Of course I’m sure education won’t change at all. Nope, we will still be forcing students into classrooms based on their age and making them memorize things to take standardized tests… *sigh*

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