Quantum AI: Machine learning offers fix for error-prone computers

Current quantum computers are highly prone to errors, making them unlikely to be of practical use, but an artificial intelligence that spots and fixes mistakes could help Technology 10 February 2022 By Matthew Sparkes Quantum computers are still error-prone Bartlomiej K. Wroblewski / Alamy Current quantum computers make too many errors to ever be truly … Read more

What is a quantum computer?

Quantum computers are machines that use the properties of quantum physics to store data and perform computations. This can be extremely advantageous for certain tasks where they could vastly outperform even our best supercomputers. Classical computers, which include smartphones and laptops, encode information in binary “bits” that can either be 0s or 1s. In a … Read more

Biggest science news of 2021: Jian-Wei Pan leads China’s quantum computing mission to two major quantum supremacy successes

In July, the University of Science and Technology of China announced it had surpassed Google’s claimed quantum supremacy achievement. China’s ambitious quantum computing efforts are all under the oversight of one man, Jian-Wei Pan Technology 15 December 2021 By Matthew Sparkes Xinhua/Alamy GOVERNMENTS and companies around the world are racing to build a useful quantum … Read more

Majorana particles: Weird form of light can be made by ‘splitting’ photons

Physicists have shown that ‘splitting’ particles of light into so-called Majorana bosons, a feat long thought to be mathematically impossible, may be achievable Physics 15 December 2021 By Leah Crane Artistic illustration of a photon split in two Trustees of Dartmouth College A type of light that was previously thought to be impossible may be … Read more