A Quantum Winter: Collapsing Under the Weight of Expectation

This essay covers the recent history of quantum physics as applied to quantum computing in the international arena. The discussion raises some pertinent questions over the U.S., China, and Japan’s use of the technology. Further, it makes no qualms to point out quantum computing is not here — yet. Well worth the read from the source, below. Because Quantum is Coming. Qubit

The subatomic age: Asia’s quantum computing arms race

+  For the dozen startups that Nikkei spoke to, the fear of a “quantum winter” was a common thread.

“Data [is] something in which China naturally has an advantage, and the U.S. does not. You cannot say the same about quantum computing” — Mark Greeven, professor of innovation and strategy at IMD Business School

+  “There is a lot of hype in the field. Being 25 years in the field, I don’t want it to die,” said Dimitrios Angelakis, another principal investigator at CQT, who has recently established a consulting business on the side. “We have to be careful about what we promise. The supremacy is proof we can fly, in the sense that we took off for 200 seconds, then we crashed.”

+  There might be real implications for society if the current quantum computing wave does collapse under the weight of expectation.

+  At IBM, Norishige Morimoto said that the world is already coming up against the practical limits of current technology. The vast amount of data being produced in the 21st century requires a doubling of computing power every year, something that is simply too expensive and too energy-intensive to sustain.

+  Morimoto also, unbidden, spoke lyrically about the potential of a technology that would allow scientists to see the world in a fundamentally different way.

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Source:  NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW.  Peter Guest,  The subatomic age: Asia’s quantum computing arms race…

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