“The reality of quantum computing is probably 10 to 15 years away, yet it merits our attention now,” says Dr Seungyun Lee of the joint committee on information technology (JTC1) set up by IEC and ISO. Experts expect quantum computing to bring massive benefits, such as accelerating medical research, making advances in artificial intelligence and perhaps even finding answers to climate change.
The computers we use today store data using binary bits, which are either on or off, represented as a 1 or a 0. Quantum computing uses qubits that have more states which are changing continuously.
Qubits can be on, off or somewhere in between all at the same time. This state is called “superposition” and enables qubit-based computers to carry out far more calculations much faster.
When qubits become "entangled" they share all the possible combinations of the quantum states of the individual qubits, substantially boosting computational power in the process.
A symposium co-organized by IEC, IEEE and ITU will bring together world-leading experts to look at quantum photonic integrated circuits (QPICs), which is a key enabling technology that will be critical for producing quantum computing cost-effectively at scale. It takes place on 2 November at 15:00 to 18:00 CET.
Distinguished speakers will introduce the technology, report on the state of the art and the latest research, as well as enabling discussion on its ramifications for society, security and standards.
Participation is open to anyone interested in the subject. Those who would like to contribute to the work are especially welcome, including members of international, regional or national organizations.
Find out more and register here.
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