Quantum Computing’s Impact Is Closer Than One May Think

Rather extensive article covering potential applications of quantum computing toward carbon emissions. Putting politics and climate science controversy aside, this piece frames some interesting applications for quantum computing, regardless. Because Quantum is Coming. Qubit.

A Quantum Advantage in Fighting Climate Change

Points to note…

+  The lack of near-term political progress puts increasing focus on technological solutions that can either decisively improve the economics of current zero-emission technologies or contribute to the development of new ones. Quantum computing could be one such solution. Although it cannot be a substitute for short-term action, it can deliver critical relief in the medium term.

As one of the fathers of quantum computing, Richard Feynman, put it, “Nature isn’t classical, dammit, and if you want to make a simulation of nature, you’d better make it quantum mechanical.”

+  Because quantum computers employ distributed probability amplitudes rather than work through sequential yes–no decisions, they have the potential to solve problems that are far beyond the reach of today’s machines…

+  For example, if applied to current low-emission technologies, quantum computing could contribute to solutions that change how we generate and store power; how we build houses, cars, ships, and airplanes; how we power transportation; and even how we design long-standing industrial processes such as cement, steel, and fertilizer manufacturing. Add it all up and quantum computing–enabled technologies could one day address a majority of emissions.

Quantum computing’s impact is not as distant as some might assume.

+  While its full potential is still decades away, recent advances indicate that early-generation machines—those that will be available in the 2020s and early 2030s—could contribute substantially to some of the highest-impact technologies for combating global warming. They could therefore start changing the economics for businesses in a number of industries within the next five to ten years.

+  We need to intensify our efforts in the fight against climate change. Technology offers much-needed support. Quantum computing could help bring more low-carbon technologies into economic reach. It is in the best interest of governments and companies to fast-track progress in the race for our future.

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Source:  BCG.  Jean-François Bobier, Philipp Gerbert, Jens Burchardt, and Antoine Gourévitch,  A Quantum Advantage in Fighting Climate Change…

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