Scientific issues and innovations are figuring into everyday conversation more than ever before. Recognizing that we could all use some brushing up, Seed offers its Cribsheet.
Quantum computers could, in theory, solve certain types of problems exponentially faster than “classical” computers. This Cribsheet explains the principles behind quantum computing: what they are, how they differ from classical computers, and how we could use them. It also discusses what types of problems quantum computers are ideally equipped to solve and why they are so difficult to build.
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Illustrator: Thomas Porostocky — www.porostocky.com Writer: Lee Billings Consultant: Scott Aaronson, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Originally published May 7, 2008