Quantum Computers

Quantum Software - over-hyped but underestimated

Quantum software – over-hyped but underestimated

The advantages a quantum computer can offer depend on the quantum algorithms it can run and also how easily we can get data in and out of the system. Today’s hardware is still well short of the universal quantum dream and, in truth, the most often discussed benefits are still many years away. However the…

Quantum Europe

Europe’s drive to create wealth from Quantum Technology

The focus of the EU’s €1b Quantum Flagship programme is not basic science, nor is it simply about bringing new technologies to market. The end-goal is driving wealth creation, jobs and societal benefits in Europe. This requires kick-starting the competitive position of European industry in this sector and making Europe the region of choice for…

Quantum Outlook

Quantum Outlook 2019

2018 has seen rising awareness of the future potential of quantum technology. 2019 is set to see quantum computing in particular at the peak of its hype cycle. Fact Based Insight believes that investors should take a wide view of the sector to find value in the short, medium and long term. The road to…

Integrated phontonics chip

Looking beyond quantum supremacy

Striking progress modelling molecular vibrations with a quantum simulator brings the abstract quest for quantum supremacy into context. Is this a pointer to medium term commercial applications? The world is waiting for a first demonstration of quantum supremacy,  a computation not practical on any conventional computer. However behind that headline will lie a number of…

Quantum computing race

Qubit technology: global field microwave trapped ions

Are quantum majors Google, IBM, Intel and Alibaba backing the right technologies for the long term? Quantum majors Google, IBM, Intel and Alibaba, together with startup Rigetti have so far focussed on building quantum devices based on superconducting qubits. Many expect that quantum supremacy will soon be demonstrated based on such a device. But how…

Quantum Strategy

Quantum strategies in the NISQ era

We are about to enter a new transitional phase in the development of quantum technology. Behind the headlines there are a diversity of strategies available for those wanting to get on board. In 2012 Caltech professor John Preskill coined the term quantum supremacy for the quest to demonstrate a calculation on a quantum device that…

Quantum strategy

Quantum hardware in the NISQ era

Excitement mounts as we approach a demonstration of quantum supremacy. However a very long road remains to build a fault tolerant quantum computer Quantum hardware announcements continue to come at speed: Google has just announced Bristlecone, a 72 superconducting qubit device (though it remains to be seen if it can maintain the high fidelity performance of its…

Quantum Computing marathon

Jury out on which platform will ultimately win the quantum computing marathon

Articles in the popular press have given competing experimentalists the opportunity for some polite scientific knocking copy A series of recent articles across the New Scientist, Financial Times and Bloomberg quote leading experimental groups, and give insight into the state of reality and hype in the nascent quantum computing sector. Different scientific groups have spent years…

Quantum Computers

Introduction to Quantum Computers

An immediate challenge for the interested business observer is how to interpret the true state of progress against a background of hype and corporate spin. All conventional computing is ultimately based on data stored as digital bits, each a 1 or 0, and their manipulation via logic gates. The great power of modern computing comes…

The Second Quantum Revolution - Actions for Business

The Second Quantum Revolution – Actions for Business

A new wave of technology is set to take the world beyond binary 1 and 0. The post-digital era will bring transformational opportunities in many areas of business. Forward looking companies need to act to seize the possibilities and avoid the risks of this new order.