Quantum Computing

Google’s just released a summary of the progress they’ve made with quantum computing.

The technology’s potentially a huge deal for Google because it enables them to create computers that are far more powerful than anything we have today. They claim to have achieved quantum supremacy

Our machine performed the target computation in 200 seconds, and from measurements in our experiment we determined that it would take the world’s fastest supercomputer 10,000 years to produce a similar output.

but in reality, the application of the technology is very limited right now. This also doesn’t mean that they can use it to break encryption yet :sweat_smile:

Still, they seem to be making the fastest progress here, (unless a nation state has something more advanced that they’re developing in secret) so this is impressive.

a16z shared some more insights into the significance of this achievement on their podcast -

IBM’s not impressed though -