Google, a multinational technology company, is reportedly targeting to build an error-corrected ‘quantum computer’ by 2029 end. This initiative has been taken to help solve a wide range of issues including climate change and drug development.
In a bid to form the technology, the search engine giant has launched a new Santa Barbara-based Quantum AI campus that has a quantum data center, quantum processor chip fabrication plants, and hardware research labs. As per reports, the company is expected to spend a huge sum on the development of the new technology.
The recent announcement came a year & a half after the technology company announced its quantum supremacy. It had revealed that its quantum computer notably was able to perform a calculation in a matter of 200 seconds, which might have taken more than 10,000 years on a traditional supercomputer. Rival companies, however, argued that a traditional supercomputer could perform the task in almost 2.5 days.
The extra processing power of Google’s quantum computer is expected to serve useful in simulating molecules. Quantum computing will also aid the company in designing high-quality batteries, carbon-efficient fertilizer, as well as targeted medicines. Furthermore, the company expects the technology to have enhanced benefits for AI development.
Despite achieving the quantum supremacy milestone, Google has expressed the need to undergo a significant amount of task to increase the efficacy of such quantum computers. For example, the quantum computers that are currently available are made up of 100 qubits or less, while the technology company is planning to build a machine with 1,000,000 qubits, which is a multistage process.
Google is planning to reduce the errors qubits make, prior to building 1,000 physical qubits into one logical qubit. This is likely to lay the groundwork for its quantum transistor, a building block of quantum computers. Hartmut Neven, a scientist in charge of the Quantum AI program of Google, has reportedly cited that the company has reached the inflection point and is planning to eventually offer quantum computing services over the cloud.