These are just some of the potential applications of the first ever 50-qubit quantum computer prototype displayed at this year’s CES conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tucked away in an exhibition room at The Venetian hotel and casino, the unit looked more work of art than state of art, but Vice President and Lab Director of the IBM Research Lab at Almaden Jeff Welser assured us that we were indeed face-to-face with the future of computing.
Something that’s not so speculative when it comes to IBM’s array of quantum computers? You can play Quantum Battleships on one of the less sophisticated models. As to what’s so special about a quantum computer, Welser explained that they’re capable of calculations which classic computers could never manage. The company has placed a working quantum computer on the cloud, allowing for 1.7 million experiments by around 60,000 users.
According to a press release, IBM is also working with commercial partners in the finance, materials, automotive, and chemistry industries by allowing them access to the groundbreaking computing power these devices offer.
IBM’s first ever 50-qubit quantum computer could very well pave the way for revolutionizing an untold number of fields while simultaneously being a hit selfie background.