Google wants to build a commercial quantum computer by 2029
The research giant hopes that the technology will help solve a host of big problems, such as: feeding the world, climate change and developing better medicines.
To advance the technology, Google unveiled a new artificial intelligence headquarters in Santa Barbara that contains a quantum data center, hardware research laboratories, and quantum processor chip manufacturing facilities.
Google is spending billions on technology development over the next decade, he says mentioned The Wall Street Journal.
The goal announced at the annual Google Developers Conference comes a year and a half after the company announced that it had achieved quantum supremacy, which is a milestone as the quantum computer performed an impossible calculation on a traditional computer.
Google says: Its quantum computer was able to perform a calculation in 200 seconds that would have taken 10,000 years or more with a traditional supercomputer.
But the competitors racing to build quantum computers have cast doubt on Google’s alleged advancement.
Instead of taking 10,000 years, IBM argued at the time that its traditional supercomputer could do the job in 2.5 days or less.
And this extra processing power could be useful for precisely simulating particles and thus nature, Google says.
This may help us design better batteries, produce more carbon-efficient fertilizers, or develop more targeted drugs, because a quantum computer can run simulations before the company invests in building prototypes from the real world.
Google also expects quantum computing to have major benefits for developing AI.
Despite the claim that it has reached the stage of quantum supremacy, Google shows that it has a long way to go before these computers are useful.
While current quantum computers consist of fewer than 100 qubits, Google is targeting a device of one million qubits.
First, Google needs to reduce the errors that qubits make, before you can think of building 1,000 physical qubits together into a single logical qubit.
This lays the foundation for the quantum transistor, which is the building block for future quantum computers.
Despite the upcoming challenges, Google is optimistic about its opportunities, and she said: We are at an inflection point, and we now have the important components that make us confident, and we know how to implement the roadmap.
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