CES 2018: The Best Of The Best

IBM 50-Qubit Quantum Computer

One of the most mind-boggling showcases at CES 2018 was IBM's prototype of a working 50-qubit quantum computer. The prototype is the largest quantum computer in the world right now thanks to its use of a 50-qubit processor, according to Jeff Weiser (pictured), vice president and lab director at IBM Research. The quantum computer promises to solve problems that conventional computers will never be able to tackle, by bringing unprecedented power and speed to computing through leveraging the principles of quantum physics. "You can essentially test all numbers against a problem at once, in parallel," Weiser said. "It gives you a massive parallelization." The system wasn't able to operate at the show because to do that requires keeping the machine to a temperature far colder than deep space. Potential applications of the quantum computer include complex optimizations, searches, and machine learning. Initially announced in November, IBM's 50-qubit quantum computer has not yet been released for use by commercial partners, but the company does have its 20-qubit quantum computer currently available for partners.

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