Inside Quantum Technology

HBR: Quantum Computing Is Coming & What Can It Do?

(HarvardBusinessReview) Quantum technology is approaching the mainstream. Just as classical computers reduced the cost of arithmetic, quantum presents a similar cost reduction to calculating daunting combinatoric problems.

Quantum translates, in the world of commercial computing, to machines and software that can, in principle, do many of the things that classical digital computers can and in addition do one big thing classical computers can’t: perform combinatorics calculations quickly. Those are:

NOTE: The Authors of the original HBR article summarized here are:

Francesco Bova is a professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in Toronto and is the academic lead and lab economist for the quantum stream in Rotman’s Creative Destruction Lab.

Avi Goldfarb is the Rotman Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He is also the chief data scientist at the Creative Destruction Lab and the co-author of Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence (Harvard Business Review Press, April 2018).
Roger Melko is a professor in theDepartment of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo in Ontario, and holds a Canada Research Chair in Computational Many-Body Physics.  He is also an associate faculty member at the University’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and Creative Destruction Lab.


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