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If you’ve ever wondered what quantum computing is and why it’s so important that it’s constantly brought up in the context of cutting-edge technology, rest assured that you will understand by the end of this post. It’s not rocket science!
Modern computers run on circuits. Circuitry, which is based on electrical flow, can only have one of two states: on (electricity is flowing) and off (electricity isn’t flowing). These states are depicted as 1 and 0, respectively, and one state represents the smallest possible bit of data.
Quantum computing turns this on its head, as explained in this off-the-cuff video by Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau:
This is obviously a simplified explanation — the real mechanics are far more complicated — but it does capture the general essence of the idea. Quantum computing allows for greater “information density” and can process multiple bits of data simultaneously.
One can only imagine how beneficial this could be for the future of computers and electronics. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it would change the face of technology as we know it.
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