NASA recently published a paper indicating that Google’s Bristlecone computer, powered by a Sycamore processor, completed a calculation in 200 seconds that would take a traditional computer at least 10,000 years. But the paper was later pulled from NASA’s website, and Google hasn’t commented on the potential milestone. Experts, meanwhile, remain skeptical, saying such computing speeds are still years away.
What if it’s true? The implications could be massive for areas such as cryptography, artificial intelligence and machine learning — prompting startups and computing giants alike to search for the quantum key.