The Decade of Quantum Computing Is Upon Us, IBM Exec Says
+ IBM is planning to release new quantum systems this year and next, but a big shift will come with the system the company plans to release in 2023, Dr. Gil said. That one for the first time will allow engineers to mitigate errors through software, as opposed to only through hardware.
“This is going to be the decade in which quantum really comes of age,” said Dario Gil, senior vice president and director of IBM Research, at The Wall Street Journal’s virtual CIO Network summit.
+ “We’ve got to get these computers to operate without errors, and if we can do that we’ll realize their full potential,” he said.
+ “So what we envision is in 2023, when we deliver that system, it will be an inflection point in that the errors of quantum computers will continue to decrease exponentially through software, as opposed to just by making the device better.” After that point, he said, quantum computers will start to be used on a broader scale.
+ Major corporations are already experimenting with early-stage quantum technology, among them, Visa Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Roche Holding AG and Volkswagen AG.
+ But companies should also brace themselves for quantum computing’s implications for cybersecurity: The machines will be able to break encryption locks that ordinary computers have trouble cracking, Dr. Gil said. Companies should consider migrating important business systems to so-called “quantum-safe” encryption protocols, he said.
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