Updated: Nov 24, 2019
When Google announced it achieved quantum supremacy last week, the Silicon Valley giant meant it had built a quantum computer that vastly outperforms classical supercomputers, performing in three minutes a task that would allegedly take the world’s fastest supercomputer, IBM’s Summit, 10,000 years. When members of the U.S. government talk about achieving quantum “supremacy,” however, they’re talking about beating China.
“In America, as with many of our likeminded international partners, we believe deeply that freedom coupled with a spirit of cooperation and strong public and private institutions produce incomparable innovations,” Michael Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, wrote in an op-ed for Fortune shortly after Google’s announcement on quantum supremacy was published in Nature.
“This stands in stark contrast to our competitors, like China, that believe innovation is the result of public funding, government mandates, and bureaucratic plans,” Kratsios said, directly highlighting the competition between the two superpowers.(...) Read More