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Gargi Dasgupta, Director for IBM Research India & CTO IBM India/South Asia, Explains “Quantum Computers Will Never Reign Supreme Over Classical Ones”

By IQT News posted 29 Jan 2021

(TheHindu) The Hindu recently interviewed Gargi Dasgupta, Director for IBM Research India & CTO IBM India/South Asia.
Director Dasgupta noted that quantum computers complement traditional computing machines, and said the notion that quantum computers will take over classical computers is not true.
“Quantum computers are not ‘supreme’ against classical computers because of a laboratory experiment designed to essentially [and almost certainly exclusively] implement one very specific quantum sampling procedure with no practical applications,” Dasgupta said.
To maximise the potential of quantum computers, the industry must solve challenges from the cryogenics, production and effects materials at very low temperatures. This is one of the reasons why IBM built its super-fridge to house Condor, Dasgupta explained.
Dasgupta said that interest in quantum computing has spiked in India as IBM saw an many exceptional participants from the country at its global and virtual events. The list included academicians and professors, who all displayed great interest in quantum computing.
In a blog published last year, IBM researchers noted that India gave quantum technology 80 billion rupees as part of its National Mission on Quantum technologies and Applications. They believe it’s a great time to be doing quantum physics since the government and people are serious as well as excited about it.

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