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Build your own quantum computer with Google’s latest ‘simulator’ The Qubit Game

By Sandra Helsel posted 18 Apr 2022

(Engadget) Contributing reporter Steve Dent takes a look at Google’s The Qubit Game launched in coordination with World Quantum Day. IQT-News summarizes.
Created in partnership with Doublespeak games, it’s a “playful journey to building a quantum computer, one qubit at a time,” Google said.  Take a look at The Qubit Game on YouTube.  Google also hopes the game, and the celebrations of World Quantum Day, will help generate some interest in the field.
The game resolves around Qubits, the basic building block of a quantum computer. It’s pretty straightforward (you won’t need to learn any quantum entanglement math or physics) with the goal of increasing the number of Qubits while keeping them cool. The more Qubits you have, the more difficult it gets. Eventually, you’ll “discover new upgrades, complete big research projects and hopefully become a little more curious about how we’re building quantum computers,” wrote Google Quantum head of education Abe Asfaw.
The goal is to draw attention to quantum computing, because there’s a dearth of people working in the field.
“We need more students pursuing careers building or using quantum computers, and understanding what it would be like to be a quantum scientist or engineer,” wrote Asfaw.

Sandra K. Helsel, Ph.D. has been researching and reporting on frontier technologies since 1990.  She has her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

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