IBM Q - The Future Is Unwritten And Yet... Hello Quantum Computing

One year WIRED challenged IBM's Dr. Talia Gershon (Senior Manager, Quantum Research) to explain quantum computing to 5 different people; a child, teen, a college student, a grad student and a professional. The comments alone in this youtube clip are hilarious, however that aside I continue to be intrigued that this technology is now in the cloud and effectively available for all to dip into.

One of the elements discussed in these conversations is (Peter) Shor's algorithm.

Peter Shor showed that a quantum computer could solve an intractable mathematical problem in ways that a classical computer never could by side-stepping the need to calculate single values at a time. Quantum computers can perform operations on qubits in superposition and literally reduce the time complexity of a problem exponentially. (*)

After Peter Shor’s algorithm proved that hard problems for classical computers could be solved, others began looking at other hard problems that might also be solved by quantum computers, and for good reason; of the many problems that remain to be solved, the potential benefit to solving them is as enormous as the problems themselves... (*) 

Just the idea that a standard computer has an edge - like lacking in memory was mind blowing to me - and to now see that there are many layers within quantum thinking that can be used to unpick and or be revealed is amazing.

I for one await the day when the worlds greatest minds put their heads into quantum thinking to find solutions for travel (folding time), for propulsion (gravity versus matter) and for so many of the conundrums that face civilisation.

I want to see the future now!

(* credit: John Loeffler for Interesting Engineering)