Google is working with scientiss on a huge quantum computer

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Instead of typical computer "bits" that can represent either the value "0" or "1", quantum computers use "qubits" (short for quantum bits) that are capable of representing either "1" or "0", or both at the same time.

The only problem for any researcher or organisation looking to use the blueprint to build a quantum computer may be limited by its sheer size.

The new blueprint is the work of an worldwide team of scientists from the University of Sussex (UK), Google (USA), Aarhus University (Denmark), RIKEN (Japan) and Siegen University (Germany).

This latest approach allows connection speeds 100,000 times faster between individual quantum computing modules compared to current state-of-the-art fibre link technology. In fact, Winfried Hensinger from the Ion Quantum Technology Group at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom prophesied of quantum technology: "Life will change completely".

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There are only a few quantum computers now in existence, like D-Wave's controversial quantum computers.

But it is also this particular state that makes quantum computers hard to build. They've published their research in the journal Science Advances.

Once built and successfully integrated into the industry, the computers know-how mean it would have the potential to answer many questions in science; create new, lifesaving medicines and solve the most complex scientific problems, and unravel mysteries of deep space.

However, quantum computers are extremely hard to build and most only have a handful of qubits, not enough to perform any meaningful calculations.

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The team has developed a way of introducing connections between computer modules that uses electric fields to move ions around. The details are still in the construction plan, says Winfried Hensinger, a professor from the University of Sussex.

"N$3 ow is the time to translate academic excellence into actual application building on the UK's strengths in this ground-breaking technology", said Hensinger.

According to lead author Bjoern Lekitsch, "It was most important to us to highlight the substantial technical challenges as well as to provide practical engineering solutions". "I am very excited to work with industry and government to make this happen". The entire machine may take up the space of entire buildings, consisting of sophisticated vacuums that feature quantum computing silicon microchips. An global team of researchers has unveiled the first ever practical blueprint to building these powerful machines.

However, Hensinger along with his team used a different method, where actual quantum bits will be transmitted between individual quantum computing modules so they can get a complete and more accurate modular large-scale machine. This way, there's a higher chance that the technology can be improved further, sooner, so we won't have to wait too long before quantum computing can hopefully become accessible to everyone.

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