The world is waiting for a working quantum computer that does not cost the moon or use all the energy in the room. Quantum
It may also open a Pandora’s box for cyber-security. While quantum computers speeds will let designers come up with better security systems it also allow hackers to crack even the most complicated security. Like today there will be a cyber war just at a different speed.
A re-imagining of a modern computer chip by Australian engineers shows how a quantum chip computer can be manufactured – using mostly standard silicon components. If successful we may see quantum computers come on the market and be capable of speeds 100 million times that of the laptop I am writing this article on!
It’s long been the holy grail, but a devilish difficult ambition to even contemplate: how to integrate quantum interactions into a working computer design. Now UNSW engineers believe they have cracked the problem, re-imagining the modern semiconductor to create the world’s first complete design for quantum chip and using mostly standard industry components.