Quantum computing has been on the computer technology horizon for years, but a recent breakthrough could have quantum technology in our PCs and laptops sooner than we ever thought possible.

A team of computer experts from the United States, South Africa, and Australia recently made a massive leap in the field of quantum computing. They claim to have developed quantum technology so powerful that, in order for a standard computer to compete with its calculations, it would have to be larger than the known universe.

We’ll try to limit the advanced scientific lingo, but it’s difficult when you’re discussing something like quantum computing. Essentially, the team of researchers used 300 atoms suspended in space to create a quantum simulator. The atoms are pressed together in a one-atom thick “pancake”, making the device itself invisible to the naked eye. However, the equipment that is used to create and manufacturer the 300 beryllium atom pancake takes up an entire room.

The quantum simulator they have created is faster than any supercomputer known today by an amazing 10 to the power of 80. That means that today’s most powerful computers would have to be 80 orders of magnitude more powerful to catch up to the quantum simulator. In order to build a computer with that level of performance (without using quantum technology), you would have to use every atom in the known universe today.

The quantum simulator is so powerful than researchers cannot even check the operations being performed, as no current computer can even come close the quantum simulator’s level of performance.

Check out more details of this unreal story in this YouTube video:


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