Many lives are destroyed in order to create a Quantum Computer that can simulate the past. That’s an eighth of the storyline in Hulu’s Series Devs. I have one episode left to watch in the series and still had no idea, even on the most superficial level, what quantum computing was or what made it so special compared to a regular computer or even a neural network—the engine for data science, AI, and self-driving cars.
And then today, I come across a tech story about a successful $4.5 million funding round to build a large-scale quantum computer. It turns out that true simultaneous processing is limited by the binary nature of today’s computers. A quantum computer overcomes that barrier, allowing it to solve problems that are impossible for other computers:
“Processing in current computing systems occurs in a binary state. Quantum computing is an atomic-level system in which the processing can occur in multiple states simultaneously. These are referred to as ‘quantum bits’ or ‘qubits.’”
Assuming Moore’s Law applies to Quantum computers, how soon before we’ll all have a quantum laptop in our homes? With or without simulations of the past capabilities.