Microsoft's making big investments into quantum computing

Microsoft has been chasing the quantum computing dream since 2006 when it opened up Station Q research group at the University of California. Since then, the company has been funding projects that aim to crack the quantum computing nut.

So far, no single entity has been able to significantly capitalize on quantum computing and the race continues for this complex pipe dream. Microsoft, who has a massive research and development department, is looking to boost its research into this field with key hires including Douglas Carmean, who previously worked at Intel.

Carmean led the design of multiple Intel processors and will be joining Microsoft to help tackle the toughest challenges in the computing world. The benefits of creating a quantum computer is that it will be significantly more powerful than modern PC designs and any company who can make the breakthrough will not only be rewarded financially but will also have a leg up in software development too.

Microsoft's approach to quantum computing is based on "topological quantum computing" which is the ability to control the motions of pairs of subatomic particles as they wind around one another. It's a topic that requires you to put down what you know about computers and begin to understand what happens at the atom level, to grasp what scientists are trying to do.

You can check out the full report on Microsoft's quantum efforts at the source link below.

Source: Nytimes | image via Satya Nadella

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"So far, no single entity has been able to significantly capitalize on quantum computing"

Not true. D-Wave, a remarkable company set up in Vancouver, BC delivered the world's first working quantum computer, the D-Wave Two™ System, in 2013. Very interesting stuff.

Yes, but that's not what "significantly capitalize" usually means. If D-Wave quantum computers become high demand (even if just for research or a crypto toy for the Alphabet Agencies), then they will have "significantly capitalized" on the technology.

That being said, D-Wave is certainly at the forefront right now, let's hope they can push ahead, though i feel that they'll end up being bought out by one of the big tech companies

So far, D-Wave has yet to show anything out of the ordinary computing and is far from capitalizing on quantum computing. And right now, there is more accusations of fraud than any display of actual science.

It is referenced in the article,

D-Wave Systems, a Canadian company that has had support from NASA, Google and Lockheed Martin, has made claims that it has been able to speed up some computing problems based on what it describes as “the first commercial quantum computer.”

On Thursday, however, an independent group of scientists reported in the journal Science that they had so far found no evidence of the kind of speedup that is expected from a quantum computer in tests of a 503 qubit D-Wave computer. The company said through a spokesman that the kinds of problems the scientists evaluated would not benefit from the D-Wave design.

yeah right, a simple laptop beats them at the very algorithm their computer is supposed to calculate faster. Let me reiterate, a general off the shelf CPU is faster at solving the problem the D-wave is made to solve. Which means that a traditional silicon based chip with the algorithm in hardware would totally blow the D-wave away. They are very good at making outlandish claims and getting money (a bit like solar roadways in that sense :p) but have yet to show anything

Even better, if MS can develop a programming language and base OS to actually USE this tech when it comes to full fruition.