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Quantum Computing

The Big Idea for Monday, June 30, 2014

Instead of zeroes and ones, quantum computers would compute on quantum bits of one, or zero, or maybe any number in between zero and one. Scientists relish the idea of being able to compute an enormous number of calculations at the same time, but the source of this power is also the source of instability. Since you are no longer computing on zeroes and ones, how would you actually program the computer?

In today's big idea, D-Wave's CEO Vern Brownell, whose company has already sold a quantum computer to NASA and Google, explains the technology and even newer industry of quantum computing--the challenges and the potential.


  1. 1 Meet the Quantum Computing Industry
    Big Think Editors Big Think @ Exponential Finance, presented by Singularity University and CNBC
  2. 2 Tweaking Moore's Law
    Michio Kaku Dr. Kaku's Universe
  3. 3 The Road Ahead
    Lawrence M. Krauss In Their Own Words
  4. 4 The Crazy Idea of Quantum Computing
    Lawrence M. Krauss In Their Own Words

Quantum Computing

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