Many headlines were made late last month when Google reached a major landmark in the increasingly rapid development of quantum computing. In an upcoming report, currently under peer-review, the company claims its 53-qubit Sycamore computer took only minutes to complete a number generation task that would have taken the world’s most powerful supercomputers 10,000 years to accomplish. While this is an undeniable scientific feat, as Google plans to be the first company to claim the crown of “Quantum Supremacy”, it may be more of a symbolic victory for the Silicon Valley giant. Other firms like IBM and D-Wave are more focused on racing to “Quantum Advantage”, a more practical pursuit toward applications in defense, cybersecurity, medicine, and other fields.
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