Quantum Computing, Now and Next
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Moore’s Law — putting more and more transistors on a chip — accelerated the computing industry by so many orders of magnitude, it has (and continues to) achieve seemingly impossible feats. However, we’re now resorting to brute-force hacks to keep pushing it beyond its limits and are getting closer to the point of diminishing returns (especially given costly manufacturing infrastructure). Yet this very dynamic is leading to “a Cambrian explosion” in computing capabilities… just look at what’s happening today with GPUs, FPGAs, and neuromorphic chips. Through such continuing performance improvements and parallelization, classic computing continues to reshape the modern world. But we’re so focused on making our computers do more that we’re not talking enough about what classic computers can’t do — and that’s to compute things the way nature does, which operates in quantum mechanics. So our smart machines are really quite dumb, argues Rigetti Computing founder and CEO Chad Rigetti; they’re limited to human-made…