GREETINGS TO ALL FROM MALICE-CORP.COM. IBM may not be on the top of the normal computer and tech consumers minds, but that may change soon. IBM has been making some pretty big steps forward in some of their research programs. Malice-Corp is going to try and cover a few of these that may have flown under your radar over the last month. Starting with the IBM Q.
The IBM Q is a new quantum computer that IBM has developed and surprisingly made completely available to the public for research and testing. This doesn’t mean you can sign up and play Mine Craft on the thing. It means they have opened the doors for professors and researchers outside IBM to test their experiments and work on new algorithms. They hope that by allowing more people to access the new computer they will learn more about its possibilities. Finding new ways to solve problems in many areas of study from medicine to logistics.
What is quantum computing? Well unlike traditional computers that work off of silicon transistors stacked on top of each other in a binary stat – you know that whole 1/0 thing – quantum computers of various kinds use a ‘Qubit’ that can be in 3 possible states off/on or both at the same time. This is basicly an electron that is being tracked in its various states. There are several variations on this principle and many different companies are in a race now to produce the first viable general purpose quantum computer. This is one of the reasons it is very interesting to see IBM open their doors like this to outsiders to help develop the IBM Q.
The company that breaks this barrier first will propel us into another new technological BOOM. A ‘quantum leap,’ if you will. New faster computers capable of solving problems with little to no data. Many believe this is the secret to real Artificial Intelligence and maybe to really understanding physics and the world we live in. BEWARE OF SKYNET. Just kidding I can’t wait for these advancements, this might actually give us the future that Star Trek and other Sci-Fi properties have promised us for decades.
Jack Malice, Contributor and founder