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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Computers Set for a Quantum Leap

According to this report in the Financial Times, today's computers may soon go the way of manual typewriters:
    A new photonic chip that works on light rather than electricity has been built by an international research team, paving the way for the production of ultra-fast quantum computers with capabilities far beyond today's devices.

    Future quantum computers will, for example, be able to pull important information out of the biggest databases almost instantaneously. As the amount of electronic data stored worldwide grows exponentially, the technology will make it easier for people to search with precision for what they want.

In fact, Ziggy says there's a 93.8% chance that quantum computing will be possible within five years.

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