Microsoft and USyd claim invention of key quantum computing component

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  1. AlienView

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    "A team from the university has developed a microcircuit based on previously published research, claiming it is the key component of quantum computing."

    A team at the University of Sydney (USyd) working with Microsoft, alongside Stanford University in the US, has announced the development of a miniaturised component touted as essential for the scale-up of quantum computing.

    According to the university, the work represents the first practical application of a new phase of matter that was first discovered in 2006, "topological insulators", which are materials that operate as insulators in the bulk of their structures, but have surfaces that act as conductors.

    "Manipulation of these materials provide a pathway to construct the circuitry needed for the interaction between quantum and classical systems," explained USyd in a statement.

    As a result, USyd said they are vital for building a practical quantum computer.

    The Sydney team developed a microwave circulator, which acts like a traffic roundabout by ensuring that electrical signals only propagate in one direction, clockwise or anti-clockwise, as required.

    "Similar devices are found in mobile phone base-stations and radar systems, and will be required in large quantities in the construction of quantum computers," the university added....................."

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    Microsoft and USyd claim invention of key quantum computing component | ZDNet

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    Prototype microwave circulator next to an Australian five cent piece.
    Image: Steven Waddy/University of Sydney

    IMHO, once computijng advances far enough - Alien contact will become possible, maybe even probable!
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  3. Shadowprophet

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    Quantum computing is a subject I've studied and even spoken about a lot, The largest phenomenon by far is how many people fear Quantum computing because they worry that it will be used to framework Artificial intelligence or those who think that somehow Quantum computing is breaking taboo laws of nature just to function. I try to qualm peoples fears about the issue. But there is this tiny possibility, Ney. A likelihood that so much computing power (Can) be used to nefarious ends. But. any tool could be used with the malevolent intent. I think Quantum computing may be misunderstood, and possibly overblown by some groups of people. It's a giant leap in computing power. And I may be looking at this through rose-colored glasses but. I feel like Quantum computing won't do a lot for humanity beyond really fast processing speeds ultimately.
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