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Quantum Computing: a huge breakthrough

By Spiros Tzelepis

The research team at MIT explains what this challenge is about

People who are aware of computer issues are looking forward to the results of the research hold by the physics department of Media Lab under the guidance of Professor Neil Gersherfeld. I confess that I wrote to Prof. Gershenfeld asking for an interview mostly motivated by my personal interest to learn. Yael Maguire, one of the members of this team, shares his experience with all of us.

  1. Could you tell us a bit about the history of quantum computing (who first thought of it and how the idea occurred)?
  2. Can you tell us some things about how it works and what is it based on?
  3. What progress has been made so far and when do you hope that you will have positive results?
  4. What changes do you believe that it will bring generally? Can you tell us some of the sectors it will bring small and enormous changes to?
  5. What will its processing power be and how will it simplify scientific research which requires a lot of power and complicated computer equipment at the present time?
  6. Is it right to say that quantum computing is the major future breakthrough for the 21st century?

I would like to thank Professor Neil Gersherfeld and his colleague Yael Maguire for all their help and the time they spent to answer these questions.

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