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What We Can Learn From Moscow's 5th Annual Quantum Computing Conference

The 5th annual Quantum Computing Conference took place in Moscow, Russia this past July. The attendees of the conference received previews of the most advanced technologies advancing in the quantum computing field. The conference is held every two years and invites physicists, entrepreneurs and investors from industries including academics, government and corporate.

The conference, organized by the Russian Quantum Center, held 1,300 participants from 20 different countries. These participants spent the week in Moscow engaging in technical lectures and presentations given by students.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the week-long conference.

How Does Quantum Computing Work?

Rather than going off of a system of 0s and 1s, the discovery of quantum mechanics has given us the ability to be in a state between 0 and 1, which was not thought to be possible before this. These bits, which have superseded the laws of classic physics, are known as qubits, named after the phrase quantum bits.

These bits work together in a quantum entanglement process that allows these qubits to react to situations all at the same time. The way qubits react in these instances should be impossible if referring to current knowledge of the laws of physics.

To compare our current way of computing and quantum computing is best explained by thinking of a maze. With today's technology, we try each route and when we fail, we readjust our plan and try again. Quantum computing has the ability to try all possible avenues at once, getting us to our answer quickly and more efficiently.

Theory to Fact: How We're Learning More

Paths to approaching and understanding quantum computing are still unknown, yet being discussed by scientific leaders. They have come to the conclusion that the best way to make leeway in this arena is to work together, share approaches and engage in some healthy competition.

Quantum computing could open up new worlds in many different industries. The technological advances are hard to ignore.

Why Aren't We There Yet

Quantum computing seems to be like it could greatly improve almost every industry that utilizes any type of technology. It has the attention of academia, corporate and governments. With all of those interests and research budgets combined, how have we not cracked the ultimate code on harnessing quantum computing's full potential?

The problem ensues not having an exact reasoning for the technology. Experts have proven that these computers are astronomically more efficient than classic computers. This fact alone entices leaders in the quantum computing field, but what about the rest of society?

Scientists need to find a way to link this incredible ability to one of today's growing problems. Attracting the attention and imagination of investors is what is needed in order to get this new of computing off the ground.

Classical Computing is Reaching Capacity

Classical computing is how those in the quantum field refer to our current computer system. This way of computing is quickly becoming outdated and unsustainable.

Global energy itself is unsustainable with every Google search utilizing .2 grams of greenhouse gasses. This reason, as well as many others, is a big motivator fir Google to be one of the front runners in the quantum computing game.

Technological Consequences

Another reason quantum computing hasn't fully taken off is due to certain industries being weary of trusting new advances, with good reason. Quantum computing could drastically change finance, drug discovery, machine learning and cybersecurity industries.

It could help them run all possibilities and find every possible outcome. However, this also leads to the question of ethical consequences. The technology itself is too immature to fully understand the possible consequences that would come with it.

Quantum computing systems are extremely complex and new. The concept leaves scientists baffled, yet excited. The age of quantum computing is on the horizon.


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Published Friday, August 09, 2019 3:01 PM by David Marshall
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