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Google's 'Quantum Supremacy' achievement explained in just 3 minutes

Here's a three minute guide on how to understand Google's supposed 'Quantum Supremacy'

By Jak Connor from Nov 6, 2019 @ 5:13 CST

Back in late September, Google announced that it had achieved what they called 'Quantum Supremacy', what does this mean exactly?

Thankfully, Elizabeth Gibney, a Senior Reporter at Nature can explain it to us in just three short minutes. If you didn't know, when Google announced that they had achieved 'Quantum Supremacy', IBM's head of research, Dario Gil said that Google's claim to 'Quantum Supremacy' was "just plain wrong". Why is that?

Well, Gibney explains that Google's quantum computer called 'Sycamore' performed a task that isn't particularly useful, and was just designed so the company could claim quantum supremacy. This can also be backed up by Gil, who said that Google's quantum computer is a specialized piece of hardware that is designed to solve one problem, while IBM's own quantum computer can pursue multiple. Either way, Google did complete a monumental task in an impressive amount of time.

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