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[BBC] Quantum computing device hints at powerful future

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It uses the strange "quantum states" of matter to perform calculations in a way that, if scaled up, could vastly outperform conventional computers.

The 6cm-by-6cm chip holds nine quantum devices, among them four "quantum bits" that do the calculations.

The team said further scaling up to 10 qubits should be possible this year.

Rather than the ones and zeroes of digital computing, quantum computers deal in what are known as superpositions - states of matter that can be thought of as both one and zero at once
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Will my Q6600 last until then?
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Will my Q6600 last until then?
Lol. Let's all hope so. $10m CPU here we come, in what, 20 years?
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inb4humanbrainis100xpowerfullthanquantumcpus
    
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Damn!
Even that chip and board look schmexy.
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inb4humanbrainis100xpowerfullthanquantumcpus
This ^^
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Sweet! Cant wait to see how this turns out in a few years.
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I still can't get my head round the use of Quantum particles being used to compute, since (as far as i know) they can be in more than one place at any time, they're theoretically not there and there at the same time, its a probability thing, quantum mechanics are still just theory? i didn't think they could control and accurately predict the movements of these particles!

Bring on the Higgs Bosen CPU! and GPU for that matter!
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Great read... excited for the potential that this brings in the future. One question remains though...

Can it run Crysis?
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Well the news is, they have made some progress, but only 10 out of 100 necessary for production, which means, it took them 10 years to get here, so it may take them another 5-10 years to reach 100....

I won't be holding my breath, computers are fast enough for me, if you need a hyper CPU that can fold, hey, good for you...

Me, I'll be working hard with this quad core for years to come!
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