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A seven-qubit quantum device at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

In the future, everyone might use quantum computers

Computers were once considered high-end technology, only accessible to scientists and trained professionals. Today, almost everyone has one. Will quantum computing follow the same path?
In the Back to the Future movies, the DeLorean car was able to travel through time thanks to a flux capacitor. Wikimedia/Oto Godfrey and Justin Morton

We’ve designed a ‘flux capacitor’, but it won’t take us Back to the Future

Physicists have designed an electrical component that breaks time-reversal symmetry. Not quite the time machine from Hollywood but it should help with communication technology and quantum computing.
After this episode, you’ll be able to explain how quantum mechanics affects everything from the way your jeans are cut to the headphones you use. Cindy Zhi/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: The explainer episode

The explainer episode. The Conversation, CC BY67.5 MB (download)
Today on Trust me, I'm An Expert, we're explaining the tricky topics: what is quantum mechanics? What does the research say about lone actor terrorism? And why do people like pimple popping videos?
How fast can quantum computing get? Research shows there’s a limit. Vladvm/Shutterstock.com

Quantum speed limit may put brakes on quantum computers

A future that continues to have increasingly fast computing depends on quantum physics – but research is showing that there are limits to how fast quantum computers can go.
Detecting the errors in data is one thing, but correction them is still possible at the quantum computing level. Shutterstock/andriano cz

Error correcting the things that go wrong at the quantum computing scale

One of the challenges for quantum computing is knowing how to detect and correct errors that may occur in the data. And we can do that without even knowing what the data says.
Looking inside a quantum computer. IBM Research

How quantum mechanics can change computing

As companies make quantum computers available through their cloud services, take a look at what it means for computing to move beyond classical mechanics and into quantum physics.

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