The quest for quantum supremacy
Baidu joins the race to build a quantum computer
Here’s what makes quantum computers different. While traditional computers store data in bits with a value of either 0 or 1, quantum computers use what’s called qubits. Like Schrödinger's cat, a qubit can exist in two states at once. In other words, a qubit can can be 0, 1 or both!
Right now, quantum computing is still in the experimental stage. The holy grail is to achieve what’s known as “quantum supremacy”: A quantum computer that can outperform a conventional computer in a specific task.
Baidu hasn’t said exactly what it wants to use quantum computing for, just that it wants to apply it to its business.