Note to Computer Science Students: Quantum Computing is the Future; IBM Announces Landmark 50 Quantum Bit Computer

C. Dunlap

What’s the future in computer science and technology? Quantum computing of course.

Industry giants including Google and IBM are getting revved up over quantum science for its ability to massively speed cloud computing systems and bring staggering intelligence to new cognitive applications.

Technological advancements in the decades-old science are proving a crucial turning point for evolving quantum science into quantum reality. IBM’s recent announcement of a quantum milestone–a quantum computer that handles 50 bits (qubits)–shores up its quest to achieve quantum supremacy. A newly commercialized 20 qubit cloud system with unheard of levels of superconducting capabilities will entice the best of the best industry and academic minds to design advanced apps and literally go where no man has gone before.
Quantum’s advancements in recent years are driven by vendors such as IBM and Google making quantum computers accessible through the cloud, providing an infrastructure well beyond what companies have been able to do within the confines of their own data centers. With this next-generation infrastructure in place alongside new app development software development kits (SDKs) and analytics technology innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), tech gurus and data scientists are dreaming up all kinds of advanced possibilities for how newly integrated quantum algorithms will serve as the backbone for a new generation of software development.

Google is also poised to make its mark on the quantum computing field through a custom-made microprocessor (TPU), which has been powering its data centers for a few years now. It’s designed for speeding ML analytics which make applications more intelligent and intuitive. Google’s TPU is said to be up to 30 times faster than a traditional computer’s CPU.

The industry’s leading innovators are ready to pivot from quantum science and exploration to commercialization of the technology to solve business problems that can’t be solved with traditional computing. Regardless, the industry is heavily relying on the thought leadership and problem-solving skills stemming from Fortune 500 business leaders, research institutes, scientists, engineers, and savvy developers knowledgeable in quantum computing.

The next few years will be critical for those looking to achieve success in this field. So when you’re plotting your computer science degree, don’t forget to sign up for quantum computing.

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