Does Digital Transformation Depend on Quantum Computers?
(TechWireAsia) Business leaders have started discussing quantum computing because of the various benefits it could bring to the world as the volume of data grows. Recently, as a media story claimed that Google, in the course of its work with NASA, had achieved ‘quantum supremacy’, the conversation became even more interesting.
According to researchers, quantum computers aren’t being designed to reign supreme over classical computers — instead, they’re being built to solve very unique problems. “It’s important to understand that quantum computers will work alongside classical computers into the foreseeable future,” IBM Research VP (IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem) Bob Sutor said earlier this year.
“Even supercomputers will tap into quantum computers for tasks and calculations unsolvable by classical means, likely in the areas of molecular simulation, or complex risk assessments in the insurance industry, for example.”
“When quantum computers do reach the point of providing a quantum advantage, they will be tasked with computations too computationally complex – and energy intensive – for classical computers.”
For business leaders, however, despite the fact that quantum computing — and quantum supremacy — are quite hot topics, the technology isn’t expected to make a dent in commercial applications anytime soon.
This isn’t to say that quantum computing won’t help businesses. It definitely will. Chemicals companies can synthesize custom formulae using the technology, pharmacies can test drugs more quickly using simulations, and automakers can work with city councils to regulate traffic more efficiently and perhaps even autonomously