IBM Unveils the World’s First Commercial Quantum Computer

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IBM Unveils the World’s First Commercial Quantum Computer

The IBM Q Network provides its organizations with quantum expertise and resources, quantum software and developer tools, as well as cloud-based access to IBM's most advanced and scalable commercial universal quantum computing systems available. "We'll see quantum computing's first impact in the areas of chemistry and science".

ExxonMobil said today that it has signed a partnership agreement with IBM to advance the potential use of quantum computing in developing next-generation energy and manufacturing technologies. The company also earned patents for blockchain technology as well as for quantum computing uses.

IBM has used CES 2019 to launch what it claims is the world's first commercial quantum computing system, developed with United Kingdom design studios Map Project Office and Universal Design Studio. This seemingly-small thing gives quantum computers the ability to do exponentially more calculations at once, making them powerful enough for incredibly complicated tasks like drug discovery, intensive data analysis, and even creating unbreakable codes.

Start saving up those pennies, and you too could one day have access to a quantum computer.

IBM isn't aiming to bring the Q System One to the masses. The casing is important: Qubits lose their quantum computing properties outside of very specific conditions. "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".

With the prospect of being the first to reach quantum supremacy, many organizations are focusing on internal efforts as opposed to industrywide collaboration, Jim Clarke, director of quantum hardware at Intel, told CIO Dive in an August interview. IBM has, therefore, consolidated all the components of the Q System One into a glass-enclosed, air-tight environment.

Additionally, IBM also announced the opening of the new IBM Q Quantum Computation Center later in 2019. This is a historical step in the field of quantum computing, considering the fact that quantum computers haven't left the confines of a research lab. IBM, along with other big tech firms such as Google, Microsoft and Intel, is working toward a universal, scalable quantum computer, which will be capable of solving a lot of problems without needing specialization - moving technologists past the limits of current classical and supercomputers.

IBM unveiled the IBM Q System One on Tuesday, billed as the world's first quantum computer that businesses will actually be able to buy and use.

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