The world’s tech giants are slowly but steadily unraveling the mysteries and challenges that lie with quantum computing. Google, for one, has supposedly achieved “quantum supremacy” after its researchers figured out how to perform and complete a complex calculation with their quantum computer in record time.

The calculation would have taken 10,000 years for the world’s most powerful computer, IBM Summit, but Google’s quantum machine took care of it in just over three minutes. The technology is said to make quick work of present-day cryptography when it’s fully realized.

…classical computers are systems where problems are abstracted onto a system of two-position switches called bits (ones and zeros) that interact through the rules of logic. Quantum computers are instead based on quantum bits, or qubits, that are also two-position switches, but they interact via the same rules that subatomic particles follow, called quantum mechanics.

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