(Forbes) David Prossor, contributor to Forbes here interviews Joe Fitzsimons, the founder of Horizon Quantum Computing. IQT-News has summarized the discussion.
Fitzsimons left academia in 2018 following years of research at Oxford University and the Quantum Information and Theory group in Singapore, spotting an opportunity. “We’re building the tools that will help people take advantage of advances in the real world,” he explains.
Fitzsimons explained, “Our role is to make quantum computing accessible by building the tools with which people can use it in the real world,” he explains. “If there is a problem that can be addressed by quantum computing, we need to make it more straightforward to do so.”
Horizon’s unique selling point is that while conventional computing uses binary processing technique – a world reduced to 0 or 1 – quantum computing operates using many combinations of these digits simultaneously; that means it can get results far more quickly.
The problem for anyone wanting to take advantage of this speed and power is that conventional computer programs won’t run on quantum computing. And not only do you need a different language to tell your quantum computer what to do, the program also needs to be able to work out the best way for the machine to achieve a given outcome; not every possible route will secure an advantage.
A further difficulty is that quantum computer programmers are in short supply. And quantum computer programmers who also understand the intricacies of commercial problems that need solving – in financial services, pharmaceuticals or energy, say – are non-existent.