A major announcement was made at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, from IBM. This was the presentation of the computer firm’s first commercial quantum computer. This is a 20-qubit ‘hybrid’ system, capable of quantum and conventional computing operations. By hybrid, this is an indication that the new offering from IBM combines into a single platform a quantum computer together with a classical computer. The new computer is aimed at academic and business applications (particularity financial services, pharmaceuticals and for developers of artificial intelligence), and it is the first quantum computer from IBM for use outside of its own facility (where people can access quantum computers via cloud services). IBM’s development is called the the IBM Q system. The system boasts state-of-the-art superconducting qubits that can operate rapidly, performing operations within 100 microseconds. The main computer is housed within a nine-foot-tall, nine-foot-wide case of half-inch thick borosilicate…

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