This article talks about the update to IBM’s Quantum Computing Roadmap that was shown at IBM Think in June by Daro Gil, Senior Vice President and Director of Research. IBM is very optimistic about the technological advances that quantum computing could bring to business and society as a whole. At its Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, just outside of New York City, the world’s first computer company shows off its new technology called “quantum computing,” which is said to be different from the computers we use now.
IBM is making quantum computing easy to use and scalable by focusing on three pillars:
- Increasing the number of qubits
- Creating advanced quantum software that can hide the complexity of the infrastructure and run quantum programs
- Creating an ecosystem of businesses, organizations, and communities that are ready for quantum computing
IBM Fellow and Director of Quantum Infrastructure Jerry M. Chow says that the way we compute has changed for the first time in history because of quantum computers.
“As the world faces more complicated problems to solve, like climate change, new diseases, cybersecurity, and many others, we need a new computing technology that will help us solve these problems more quickly and accurately,” he said.
According to Scott Crowder, vice president of IBM Quantum Adoption and chief technology officer of IBM Systems, real-world applications of quantum computing include better ways to find and stop fraud and treat illnesses.
Even so, investments in the technology to use it to its fullest are picking up speed. Singapore, for example, said on May 31 that it would spend S$23.5 million to improve its use of quantum technology to deal with problems like cyber threats.
Heng Swee Keat, the country’s deputy prime minister, also announced the launch of the National Quantum Computing Hub and the National Quantum Fabless Foundry on the same day. The National Quantum Computing Hub will bring together the expertise and resources of the Center for Quantum Technologies and other institutions. The National Quantum Fabless Foundry will create the parts needed to build quantum computers and devices.
Other quantum computing projects in Asia include Japan’s plan to have its first homegrown quantum computer ready by March 2023 “to keep up with the fierce global race for technological dominance,” according to Nikkei Asia, and China’s 14th Five-Year Plan, which includes quantum information technology among other frontier fields.
As an example of an IBM-specific project, the IBM Quantum Computing Data Center was set up at Yonsei University in Korea. The technology company also has a Quantum Network, which is a group of companies like the Cleveland Clinic in the United States and Archer Minerals in Australia that work together to study how the technology can be used in real life.