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Researcher: First Quantum Computers are 5 to 10 Years Out

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Australian researchers claim to have passed a significant milestone toward quantum computers as they said they were able to create the first qubit based on a single atom in silicon.

The scientists consider their achievement a major breakthrough as they were able to use a common material and they stressed that only 300 qubits would be required to store "a number greater than the number of particles in the universe."

According to a paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers are able to use their discovery to read and write information from and to the qubit. There was no information about the storage duration, which remains a key problem in this field. However, they believe that "quantum computation" would now be possible within "1 to 2 years" and "transporting quantum information across chips" within 3 to 4 years, Australian IT writes. Everything combined, their vision is that the first quantum computers could be built in about 5 to 10 years.

In the next step, the researchers aim to create pairs of quantum bits and build a two-qubit logic gate as the basic foundation of a quantum computer. "This has never been done before in silicon, a material that offers the advantage of being well understood scientifically and more easily adopted by industry," said Andrea Morello, who is part of the research effort. "Our technology is fundamentally the same as is already being used in countless everyday electronic devices, and that's a trillion-dollar industry."

 

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    steve360 , September 30, 2012 4:59 PM
    Note to Apple - Quantum computing is the REAL post-PC era.
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    thecolorblue , September 30, 2012 6:22 PM
    nebunlol....what we need is to help the homeless and people that are struggling in the US not some quantum computer that the average joe can't afford....such stupidity

    patently absurd. what you are saying is essentially that science funding should be eradicated... set to zero. there is no way to predict what channels of research will change the world for the better... absolutely no way. apparently you disapprove of research in general. anti-science morons such as yourself are pathetically clueless.

    over half (approaching 60%) of the united states annual budget is channeled directly into the military and the military-industrial complex. do you even have the slightest clue how much money 60% of the annual US budget is? Do you?

    and here you are pointing at the tiniest sliver of fraction of a forgotten rivulet of an ant's piss drop fraction of the budget and saying... STOP SCIENCE - FEED THE HUNGRY.

    how about you educate yourself before talking next time
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    ddpruitt , September 30, 2012 6:48 PM
    Headline in 10 years:

    "First Quantum Computers are 5 to 10 Years Out"
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    boyabunda , September 30, 2012 4:15 PM
    flux capacitor? lightsaber technology?
  • 15 Hide
    afrobacon , September 30, 2012 4:18 PM
    I doubt he's right; but it will be awesome if I'm wrong.
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    Prescott_666 , September 30, 2012 4:46 PM
    That first quantum computer will be the equivalent of an Intel 4004 and be running in a University Lab somewhere. The first commercial processors will be 10 years after that, cost thousands of dollars, and require cryogenic cooling. The first home computers will be 10 years after that.
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    frombehind , September 30, 2012 4:46 PM
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    Researcher: First Quantum Computers are 5 to 10 Years Out

    Yes, but does it play Crysis?
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    azathoth , September 30, 2012 4:53 PM
    "only 300 qubits would be required to store "a number greater than the number of particles in the universe."

    So, 300 atoms would do this?
    And if this statement is correct, how about the computational power of a few trillion?
  • 22 Hide
    steve360 , September 30, 2012 4:59 PM
    Note to Apple - Quantum computing is the REAL post-PC era.
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    deksman , September 30, 2012 5:12 PM
    Silicon?
    Seriously?
    If they were using synthetic diamonds since 1996 (when they were patented for semiconductors creation along with methods of production), we'd ALREADY have quantum computers...
    Actually, no, we probably wouldn't, because that would be a huge leap in computing which isn't what Capitalism likes - the system we live in prefers using inefficient materials and means of production because its profitable (its why we still use Silicon and why we get to use outdated technology based on the said material).

    Pathetic.
  • 9 Hide
    MeriaX , September 30, 2012 5:59 PM
    HiiiI wonder how comments like this get thumbdowns.


    Apparently you both missed the FIRST word in this article. Let me help you out...Australian...not American.
  • 12 Hide
    zeratul600 , September 30, 2012 6:06 PM
    nebunlol....what we need is to help the homeless and people that are struggling in the US not some quantum computer that the average joe can't afford....such stupidity

    that your parents didn't use protection... yeah i know!
  • 14 Hide
    Benthon , September 30, 2012 6:14 PM
    Way to bring politics into something that has nothing to do with them.
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    murzar , September 30, 2012 6:14 PM
    So.. back to quantum computers!

    This article is very vague.. just like the scientists researching these technologies. I don't understand why they think us to be stupid and use scientific words to confuse us out of the details.
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    freggo , September 30, 2012 6:17 PM

    nebunlol....what we need is to help the homeless and people that are struggling in the US not some quantum computer that the average joe can't afford....such stupidity


    When i bought my first ZX-81 my friends just asked WHAT for ... it cost me a weekly paycheck after all.
    To anyone living in 1975 an i5 PC with 16GB ram and 2TB hard drive was the equivalent of a 'quantum computer'. And of course totally unimaginable or affordable.
    I just bought above config for under $600...


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    thecolorblue , September 30, 2012 6:22 PM
    nebunlol....what we need is to help the homeless and people that are struggling in the US not some quantum computer that the average joe can't afford....such stupidity

    patently absurd. what you are saying is essentially that science funding should be eradicated... set to zero. there is no way to predict what channels of research will change the world for the better... absolutely no way. apparently you disapprove of research in general. anti-science morons such as yourself are pathetically clueless.

    over half (approaching 60%) of the united states annual budget is channeled directly into the military and the military-industrial complex. do you even have the slightest clue how much money 60% of the annual US budget is? Do you?

    and here you are pointing at the tiniest sliver of fraction of a forgotten rivulet of an ant's piss drop fraction of the budget and saying... STOP SCIENCE - FEED THE HUNGRY.

    how about you educate yourself before talking next time
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    master_chen , September 30, 2012 6:22 PM
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    Australian researchers

    Yeah.
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    claim to have passed a significant milestone toward quantum computers

    No.

    First, stop being the world's №8 country that runs on coal, and only then we'll talk. Until then, dismissed.
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    ddpruitt , September 30, 2012 6:48 PM
    Headline in 10 years:

    "First Quantum Computers are 5 to 10 Years Out"
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    memadmax , September 30, 2012 6:50 PM
    nebunlol....what we need is to help the homeless and people that are struggling in the US not some quantum computer that the average joe can't afford....such stupidity


    That is selfish.

    Why should REAL progress stop because you bought a house you couldn't afford, or lost your job and can't get a new one or are smart enough to get a different form of income besides welfare?

    Self-centered, and definitely selfish. It's people like you are the reason why our economies are in the tank.

    The war on poverty will never, ever.... ever be won. There will ALWAYS be the haves and the have nots.

    The communists proved that and look where it got them... The north koreans are doing it too and look at them...
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    husker , September 30, 2012 7:02 PM
    nebunlol....what we need is to help the homeless and people that are struggling in the US not some quantum computer that the average joe can't afford....such stupidity

    Apparently you have a computer. You should have donated that money to help the homeless, hypocrite.
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