Superconductors have already helped build amazing technologies - but the next step will revolutionise physics itself.
Michael Norman Last Modified: 16 Jul 2011 09:52
The world's first "quantum" computer - a machine that harnesses the magic of quantum phenomena to perform memory and processing tasks incredibly faster than today's silicon-based computer chips - was recently sold by D-Wave Systems of Canada to Lockheed-Martin. And, while some question whether the machine is truly a quantum computer, its designers have published articles in peer-reviewed journals demonstrating that the basic elements of this novel computer are indeed superconducting quantum bits.
Conducting oneself properly
A version of this article was first published by Project Syndicate.