(Forbes) Vaclay Vincalek, Forbes Technology Member, urges companies that have the mindset to prepare for the next big thing should be looking very closely into quantum computing. Early adopters will be able to out-compete others that don’t adopt it. He explains that the barrier to entry is not the quantum technology itself — it is understanding how it can be used. Even if quantum computers are not better or faster than classical computers right now, it is only a matter of time before the technology gets there.
Quantum computers help innovators find solutions where the number of options is so great that it is not feasible to calculate with today’s technology. Vincalek provides examples of problems that fit into the new paradigm. Going beyond what classical computers can solve, among other problems, the knapsack problem — basically, trying to fit the most (or best) stuff efficiently into a limited space — applies to logistics companies, loading container ships, packing aircraft, financial institutions and more. For instance, Amazon is providing access to the technology and providing the collaboration environment between industry and academia.
Vincalek suggests businesses test out innovation on a quantum computer through the cloud, and build an internal team to start solving difficult problems.