More than 50 years of advances in mathematics, materials science and computer science have transformed quantum computing from theory to reality.

Though very much still in the earliest stages of development, it’s thought that quantum computers – theoretically capable of solving certain problems much quicker than any classical computers that use even the best currently known algorithms today – will ultimately replace conventional machines in the future.

Indeed, it’s widely understood that many national governments and military agencies are funding quantum computing research in efforts to develop systems for civilian, business, trade, environmental and national security purposes.

The super-computers could one day provide breakthroughs in many areas, including materials and drug discovery, the optimisation of complex systems and artificial intelligence.

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Source: IBM

IBM unveiled the world’s first integrated universal approximate quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use earlier this month.

Designed by IBM scientists, systems engineers and industrial designers, IBM Q System One™ has a sophisticated, modular and compact design optimised for stability, reliability and continuous commercial use.

For the first time ever, the super-computer enables universal approximate superconducting quantum computers to operate beyond the confines of the research lab.

IBM Q systems are designed to one day tackle problems that are currently seen as too complex and exponential in nature for classical systems to handle.

Future applications of quantum computing may include finding new ways to model financial data and isolating key global risk factors to make better investments, or finding the optimal path across global systems for ultra-efficient logistics and optimizing fleet operations for deliveries.