Google Successfully Tests Revolutionary Quantum Computer
Google has achieved a breakthrough called "quantum supremacy," which could allow a new type of computer to perform functions at speeds that are inconceivable with today's technology, according to The New York Times.
Google has a research lab in Santa Barbara, California, and the researchers there claim that they reached a milestone that has been pursued by scientists since the 1980s. According to the claim, a calculation that would have taken supercomputers 10,000 years to solve was completed in 3 minutes and 20 seconds by their quantum computer.
Quantum computers currently cost millions of dollars to manufacture and are far from being readily available outside of a research lab. Microsoft, Intel, and IBM have also been competing with Google in the race for functioning quantum computing.
Traditional computers function by processing bits of information. Quantum computers function on a different planet. The concept behind the quantum computer is that an object can behave like two separate objects at the same time when it is extremely small or cold. Scientists use that ability to build a quantum bit, which grows exponentially and makes the computer more powerful.
Google's quantum computing capabilities hit a milestone this week, according to a paper released by its research center in Santa Barbara, California.