Quantum Technology News – Issue #10
A lot of companies are finally giving concrete timelines to the “first” quantum computer. IBM’s insights show that the first quantum computer will exist in less than 10 years (2025 estimate).
Therefore, applications of all aspects of quantum communication and quantum computing have jumped, with many companies setting up research facilities and thinktanks within industry and academia to explore the applications quantum computing may have upon their industry, like Airbus, below.
Additionally, as a parallel to the race for quantum computing, we are seeing the niches related to quantum technology beginning commercialization. China has not been a frontrunner in the quantum computing race (US and Australia are the big players), but they have been investing resources in all aspects of quantum communications.
When will quantum computers arrive and what impact will they have? Check out this infographic to find out. IBM has set 2025 as the year where we expect to have the first quantum computer – defined as us seeing an exponential growth in speed and power. No word on whether this first quantum computer will be an annealer of a universal quantum computer, capable of running Shor’s algorithm to break many methods of modern encryption.
A group of Chinese scientists plans to create a quantum space communications system for the first time ever by launching a satellite that could facilitate quantum teleportation of photons between earth and space this June. China has long been the frontrunner in quantum communications, and this announcement comes on the heels of China’s successes in developing a quantum communications network.
Aerospace giant Airbus hopes to harness quantum computing to speed up aircraft research. They’ve gotten into the game by setting up a research facility at their Newport plant, and plans identify areas where the optimization and simulation powers of quantum computing can be applied, like modeling airflow over a wing. While it seems the team is focusing more on defense and security applications, the work the Airbus team is doing will open doors to new applications across aerospace and materials science.
IQC completes project that points the way to future quantum space mission | Institute for Quantum Computing
A team led by Professor Thomas Jennewein at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) has successfully completed the development of the crucial Acquisition, Pointing and Tracking (APT) fine pointing system for a future Quantum Key Distribution, the first steps to bringing quantum based security to the real world.