Quantum Research Shows D-Wave's Computers Are (Probably) the Real Deal

D-Wave's quantum computers have certainly demonstrated that they're capable, but they've also received much criticism from scientists. Now, new results show that their technology could be even more solid than they'd claimed in the past. » 3/25/14 6:28am 3/25/14 6:28am

The Quantum D-Wave 2 Is 3,600 Times Faster than a Super Computer

Quantum computing is being hailed as the future of data processing, with promises of performing calculations thousands of times faster than modern supercomputers while consuming magnitudes less electricity. And in the span of just two years the only commercially available quantum computer, the D-Wave One, has…

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Researchers Just Solved One of Quantum Computing's Biggest Problems

Like graphene, quantum computing is an exciting but endlessly elusive technological promise. One of the reasons—among many—that quantum computers aren't exactly a reality yet is that we haven't been able to effectively spot errors in quantum computations. Not until now, anyway. » 2/03/14 12:20pm 2/03/14 12:20pm

The NSA's Trying to Build a Quantum Computer That Cracks All Encryption

You will not be surprised to learn that the NSA is spending nearly $80 million trying to build "a cryptologically useful quantum computer." The Washington Post just published details of the program, codenamed "Penetrating Hard Targets," based on documents supplied by Edward Snowden. » 1/02/14 4:39pm 1/02/14 4:39pm

Scientists Shatter Quantum Computing Bit Life Record By Over Ten Times

Quantum computing will change our world. But currently, it's just about impossible. Qubits, the bits that power quantum computing, require crazy-cold temps to create, and they only survive about 3 minutes at room temp. Now, a research team has made room-temp qubits last for 39 minutes. That's monumental. » 11/16/13 10:00am 11/16/13 10:00am

What's Wrong With Quantum Computing

You've heard plenty of people by now—including us—banging on about quantum computers, and how they’re the future of high-performance computing. Quantum computing, we're meant to understand, is set to change the world. But despite its promise, it's neither widely available nor particularly useful yet. Here's why not. » 10/25/13 11:00am 10/25/13 11:00am

You're Invited to Experiment WIth the Internet's First Quantum Computer

Eventually, quantum computers are going to be super powerful, but first we have to figure out how to use them. It's hard. Soon, aspiring quantum programmers will be able to try their experiments out for real on the world's first quantum computer in the cloud. » 9/06/13 11:20am 9/06/13 11:20am

Maximum Micro Tech: Three New Technologies Explained

Some of the biggest breakthroughs in future tech revolve around some of the smallest materials on Earth. Even calling these technologies "micro" is magnitudes of measure larger than their actual tiny sizes. From the nano-scaled heat transfer of Nanowick Cooling down to the single atomic-level of Graphene and Quantum… » 12/09/11 6:20pm 12/09/11 6:20pm

World's First Single-Electron Transistor Works Like a Teeny, Tiny…

It's amazing what an electron can do. Researchers, lead by a team from the University of Pittsburgh, have built the world's first operational single-electron transistor, the SketchSET, which could become an essential component of all sorts of futuristic technologies; from super-dense, high-capacity solid-state drives… » 4/18/11 11:20pm 4/18/11 11:20pm