Microsoft Receives Quantum Computing Patent

What makes this patent interesting is not just the fact that Microsoft has begun covering its bases in quantum computing, which gives this field much more credibility, but its general nature to improve on "prior art" in topological quantum computing. Without a deep dive into quantum computing itself, much of the content covered by patent is confusing enough to make your head spin, but it is obvious that Microsoft is targeting quantum computing functionality in wide range of applications.

The Microsoft patent refers to specific quantum computing devices, including quantum computers, quantum cryptography systems, quantum information processing systems, quantum storage media, and special purpose quantum simulators, all of which are covered in this patent by themselves and in combination with traditional computing systems. Microsoft spends quite a bit of time on cryptography systems and states that "cryptography also would be revolutionized" if computers could "exploit quantum mechanical superpositions".

In a cryptography application, Microsoft explains that "respective braids that correspond to the plain text and the encryption key may be defined. The key braid may be applied to the plain-text braid to generate an encrypted-text braid. To decrypt the encrypted text, the key braid may be applied to the encrypted text braid to reestablish the plain-text braid." It is generally believed that quantum computing systems could deliver cryptography applications that are far more secure than today's solutions

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  • Zeknichov
    The fact that you can patent something before its been developed and works is sickening. The whole patent system is inefficient and is hurting the consumer.
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  • Anonymous
    Microsoft are not actively engaged in producing working quantum computing devices. They never will be.
    Are research students / groups the world over now more likely to put in years of effort to realise a technolgy that microsoft already has the patents for or are they more likely to just think 'f**k it dude, let's go bowling'?
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  • Anonymous
    This is pathetic. Patents are the best way to hinder innovation.
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  • Zeknichov
    The fact that you can patent something before its been developed and works is sickening. The whole patent system is inefficient and is hurting the consumer.
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    ZeknichovThe fact that you can patent something before its been developed and works is sickening. The whole patent system is inefficient and is hurting the consumer.


    I agree, but hopefully this will destroy Linux and Mac OS :D
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  • Anonymous
    This is pathetic. Patents are the best way to hinder innovation.
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