## What is a Quantum Computer?

First, Quantum Computers are here now and can solve problems and anticipate outcomes up to a thousand times faster than traditional computers. Here’s the techy definition, but keep reading:

**“quan·tum com·put·er, ***noun
*plural noun:

**quantum computers**

1. a computer that makes use of the quantum states of subatomic particles to store information.”

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But what the heck does this mean? Bits vs. Qubits**. The simple explanation is that Quantum Computers use a whole different paradigm for achieving results at lightning speed. On the one hand, the fundamental building blocks of traditional computer code are

**1’s**and

**0’s – BITS**. So their state is either

**ON**– a

**1**or

**OFF**– a

**0**. Consequently, traditional computers solve problems in a sequential way: if A then B then C . . . So their speed is based on how fast they can do these sequential calculations. There are things like parallel processing that allow these machines to walk and chew gum at the same time, but it’s still walking.

**QUBITS**. So instead of solving a problem sequentially, QCs can

*simultaneously*attack a problem from multiple different directions. You can get way deeper into how it works, but this gives you the basics.

## Why Do We Care About Quantum Speed?

This kind of QC computing power can handle other kinds of very complex data-intensive problems, like predicting weather patterns, catching terrorist needles in a global haystack, cracking encryption, predicting financial trends, space exploration, genetic research and more.

## What Does The Quantum Computing Future Look Like?

*Learning*. And by

*learning*, just like the Beijing taxis, the machine must recognize patterns, optimize, and return results fast.

- Video: What Quantum Computing Can Do
- BMW, Volkswagen and Quantum Computing
- AI Machines Learning Quantum Physics
- Google Buys A Quantum Computer
- MIT: Practical Quantum Computers

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