Quantum computing is making its way towards everyday reality, with the power to revolutionize computer technology. Just this week, scientists from around the world have made breakthroughs that bring that reality even closer.
Current computers use what is called binary technology. Binary computing uses only two variables – basically either one or zero, on or off. Various combinations of one and zero make up the coding that represents all the letters, numbers, and calculations that lie at the heart of binary computing.
The secret to quantum computing's power lies in the properties of ions, which can exist in different states simultaneously. The "qubits" of quantum computing may be one, zero, or any combination of them all at once. It defies what is commonly accepted as logic; Einstein himself is said to have called quantum entanglement "spooky."
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau famously gave reporters a quick lesson in quantum computing during a media event in April.