(ComputerWorld) Dr Julie Love, Senior Director of Quantum at Microsoft, spoke at Davos at the World Economic Forum last month saying that the new mode of quantum computing was proving to be a beacon to the CEOs, academics, economists, and journalists in attendance. Microsoft’s forecast of a brave new world offered a vision of a brave new world, helped along by the advances that working quantum computing promises to introduce: an end to climate catastrophe, incredible health discoveries, even completing billions of years of research in a matter of months, weeks, or days.
Dr Julie Love cut her teeth with a PhD in quantum physics from Yale. “The potential for exponential speed-up is really profound,” says Dr Love. Quantum computing promises to solve problems that are constrained by existing standards of compute power, such as mapping the known universe, mitigating the effects of climate change, or completely breaking existing cryptography.
Microsoft has created a worldwide network of quantum computing centres where physicists along with every type of engineer you can imagine busy themselves solving the hardware and software problems that they think will lead to what the company called quantum ‘impact’. This staff includes mathematicians, theoretical physicists, chip designers, software developers, mechanical engineers and material scientists.
Microsoft has taken a collaborative approach to its hardware and software offerings, working with partners including startups 1QBit, QCI, and IonQ, a Maryland-based general purpose specialist in trapped ion quantum computing and quantum circuit creation.
NOTE: This is a lengthy article, but explains the scope of Microsoft’s work and commitment and approach to quantum computing