Logo Freelancer Bagaimana Ia BerfungsiLayari Pekerjaan Log Masuk Daftar Siarkan Projek
Find Jobs
Hire Freelancers
Get Ideas
About
Resources
How to come up with a great business idea

What Google's quantum breakthrough means for you

The tech world is abuzz with the rise of quantum computing, but how will it impact your business and why should you care?
30 Okt 2019 • 6 minit bacaan
Foto Muka Depan

Google claimed last week it achieved quantum computing supremacy. But what does it mean for you and your business?

Google made headlines last week with its bold claim that it had pulled off an incredible feat in computing. The tech giant says it designed a quantum computer that can solve a problem in 200 seconds that it would take the world’s most powerful supercomputer 10,000 years to work through.
There was a healthy dose of skepticism following the claim, with IBM arguing that Google had considerably overstated the complexity of the task it had assigned its quantum computer. But Google chief executive Sundar Pichai defended the company’s breakthrough, comparing it to the Wright Brothers’ first flight.
What Google is claiming is the often heralded moment of "quantum supremacy." This is the moment at which a quantum computer is able to surpass any existing traditional computer. Whether or not Google has actually achieved it may be up for debate, but its announcement shows that quantum computing is quickly heading for the mainstream.
So what is quantum computing, what will it mean for your business and how can you prepare?

Freelance Programming Experts

Avatar Pengguna
Bendera Miguel Angel F. @qprotex
100 USD / hour
4.9 (210 ulasan) PHP ASP C Programming Java JSP
Visit profile
Avatar Pengguna
Bendera Armando M. @amusto
70 USD / hour
5.0 (148 ulasan) ASP C Programming Java JavaScript XML
Visit profile
Avatar Pengguna
Bendera Dmytro B. @d1mf13
25 USD / hour
5.0 (158 ulasan) PHP Script Install Windows Desktop System Admin Linux
Visit profile
Avatar Pengguna
Bendera Paris Pallas @ParisPallas
38 USD / hour
5.0 (679 ulasan) Proofreading Excel SQL Powerpoint Oracle
Visit profile

What is quantum computing?

While traditional computers use binary code, a system where information exists as either a 1 or a 0, quantum computers use what are known as quantum bits, or qubits. Qubits can exist as both a 1 and a 0 simultaneously, leading to considerably faster processing times. This is because they can essentially look at a problem and examine every possible solution.
For a point of comparison, consider IBM's supercomputer Deep Blue. The computer famously beat chess master Garry Kasparov back in 1997 because of its ability to examine 200 million possible chess moves per second. By comparison, a computer achieving quantum supremacy would be able to examine 1 trillion possible moves per second .
Let's put it another way: at the 2014 WIRED conference , quantum computing entrepreneur Eric Ladizinsky asked the audience to imagine they were given five minutes to find an "X" written on a page of one of the 50 million books housed in the Library of Congress. Examining one book at a time, this task would be impossible. But, imagine you could examine all 50 million books simultaneously. The task would be relatively simple. This is what quantum computing makes possible.

Featured Work in Programming

Portfolio item image
WPF Hybrid App for Desktop & Tablet
by amusto
Portfolio item image
WPF Agenda Scheduler
by amusto
Portfolio item image
Delphi Application to Consume SOAP
by qprotex
Portfolio item image
Trade Analysis Tool
by amusto

So what? What’s it mean for me?

This may sound like a lot of theoretical posturing, but quantum computing actually has some huge implications for business.
First of all, quantum computing can analyze data and produce forecasts from information that’s far more complex than what traditional computers can handle. This has applications for everything from sales forecasting and risk analysis to predicting financial markets and producing self-driving cars.
Analyzing complex datasets and producing forecasts means quantum computers could help you optimize your supply chain. Imagine a future where quantum computing could identify and predict traffic patterns, optimize driving routes and even forecast weather conditions along an entire supply chain. The kind of efficiency and cost saving this could yield is enormous.
A broad range of companies are already exploring the possibilities quantum computing will open up. Volkswagen wants to use the technology to predict traffic patterns up to 45 minutes in advance. Barclays is experimenting with quantum computing for portfolio optimization . NASA is using quantum computing to research safer methods of space travel .
So does all this mean you'll be able to replace your MacBook with a quantum laptop in the near future? Nope. The day quantum machines replace traditional computers may never come. First of all, quantum computing is great at analyzing massive datasets and creating models and predictions based on them, but not so good at running Microsoft Word or playing Minesweeper. Second, quantum chips have to be kept cold in order to work. Really cold. In fact, to create a stable qubit, quantum computers need to be kept near absolute zero, or about -460 degrees Fahrenheit. That's not a good recipe for home computing
So what does quantum computing actually mean for you, and why should you care? Well, beyond the ways it could transform day-to-day life, it opens up a new frontier of business possibilities. Smart startups are looking at quantum computing as a new horizon. And while companies like IBM, Google, Microsoft and quantum computing startup Rigetti have poured millions into developing quantum hardware, they're actively looking for partners who can build quantum software with practical applications.
And the practical applications are immense. Any problem that relies on analyzing data (which, really, is any problem at all) can be addressed by quantum computing.

How can I get ahead of the curve on quantum computing?

The quantum computing revolution is going to put some skills in high demand. In order to wade into quantum computing, engineers are going to need a basic understanding of quantum mechanics, linear algebra and probability, along with a robust understanding of algorithms and machine learning.
Now, if you're an entrepreneur from a non-technical background, that particular list of skills may already have put you off. But don't give up on quantum computing just yet. If you have an idea, you can find freelance developers and engineers with the skills to pull it off.
Using a freelance marketplace to find developers and engineers for your startup idea means you can find experts in the exact skills you'll need.
It also means you can hire them for a specific project — for example, building an MVP of your quantum computing application — without the commitment of hiring full-time staff. And, you can hire quickly rather than going through the 8–10 week process of traditional hiring.

Freelance Programming Experts

Avatar Pengguna
Bendera Shivam P. @shivampanchal
20 USD / hour
4.8 (160 ulasan) PHP Java Python Visual Basic Graphic Design
Visit profile
Avatar Pengguna
Bendera SERVEROK SOFTWARE @Netfreehost
40 USD / hour
5.0 (2118 ulasan) PHP Python Script Install Windows Desktop System Admin
Visit profile
Avatar Pengguna
Bendera Ruben N. @rubnogueira
30 USD / hour
5.0 (21 ulasan) PHP Java JavaScript Python Photography
Visit profile
Avatar Pengguna
Bendera Riowebs System @Weborchid
25 USD / hour
5.0 (26 ulasan) PHP JavaScript .NET Website Design Graphic Design
Visit profile
Finding freelancers for your project also means you aren't bound to the talent pool in your immediate geographic area. The practical application of quantum computing is still in its infancy, which means it requires a specialized skill set. Fortunately, Freelancer has a global talent pool of millions of qualified experts with skills relevant to quantum computing. If you need help finding them, or even need some help figuring out exactly which skills your project will require, you can chat to a freelancer recruiter .

Some possible business applications for quantum computing

Any industry that relies on data analysis is ripe for disruption by quantum computing. Furthermore, industries that currently lack good methods of data analysis could be totally transformed by quantum computing.
Quantum computing is all about examining massive sets of data to solve complex problems that are beyond the capabilities of traditional computers. At its core, entrepreneurship is all about identifying problems and coming up with new or better solutions to those problems.
If you're thinking about getting ahead of the quantum computing revolution, here are some areas you could consider for your startup:

Fintech

Quantum computing can build complex financial forecasts. It can be used to optimize financial portfolios, model sales forecasts, calculate risk or potentially predict share markets.

Computer recognition

Quantum computers are excellent at pattern recognition. This makes them perfect for tasks involving image recognition and categorization.

Artificial intelligence

Quantum computing will play a huge role in accelerating the capabilities of artificial intelligence. Because they can recognize patterns and integrate data from different data sets, quantum computers could overcome many of the challenges traditional computers have with artificial intelligence.

Biotech and pharmaceuticals

Quantum computers can simulate complex molecular structures, possibly discovering new chemical compounds that could be used to treat disease. They can also potentially sequence genomes to uncover causes of disease and synthesize possible treatments.

Manufacturing

Because of their ability to simulate molecular structures, quantum computers could discover new manufacturing materials that could lead to more powerful batteries, storage technology, conductors or processors.

Automotive

There are a range of potential applications for the automotive industry. The ability to recognize patterns and create forecasts has the potential to lead to better self-driving vehicles, applications that optimize driving routes and software that predicts traffic jams.

Cybersecurity

The most complex encryption that currently exists could be relatively easy for quantum computers to crack. While this presents a potential threat from quantum computing, it also presents an opportunity to develop new encryption techniques using quantum computing. Quantum computing could mean a new level of security for personal data.

Conclusion

Quantum computing broadens the scope of the solutions you can produce and the problems you can tackle. As Ladizinsky said, it's like having 50 million versions of yourself working on a problem simultaneously. The big takeaway for entrepreneurs should be that quantum computing means they can aim higher in the problems they try to solve and the solutions they dream up.
If you want to be at the forefront of startup innovation, it's worth giving quantum computing some further study. If Google really has achieved quantum supremacy, we could be at the precipice of a computing revolution unlike anything history has seen before. Smart entrepreneurs will work on solutions that ride the wave of this trend.
To read more about how to come up with a great business idea, check out our guide . You'll learn how to identify problems, validate market demand and come up with solutions. Using quantum computing to power those solutions means you'll be at the forefront of a technology with the potential to change the world.

Kisah Berkaitan

Planning your startup
22 minit bacaan
Funding your startup
26 minit bacaan
Choosing the right structure for your startup
31 minit bacaan
Staffing your startup
24 minit bacaan
How to market your startup
31 minit bacaan

Sentiasa Dikemas Kini

Langgan surat berita kami untuk mendapatkan maklumat terkini tentang topik yang penting.
Terima kasih kerana melanggan! Pantau peti masuk anda untuk kemas kini kami yang seterusnya.
Alamat e-mel telah pun melanggan.
Oops, sesuatu telah berlaku. Sila cuba lgai. Jika masalah berterusan, sila hubungi sokongan dengan maklumat ralat berikut: Kod Ralat:

Bercakap dengan salah seorang Pembantu Teknikal kami untuk membantu projek anda

Dapatkan Bantuan Sekarang

Artikel yang Disyorkan Hanya untuk Anda

Imej Kecil Artikel Your complete guide to hiring a programmer
You can hire a programmer to solve just about any complex problem, the problem is knowing how to hire the right professional for the job. Learn how..
13 min read
Imej Kecil Artikel How to build and launch a product in 6 foolproof steps
Launching a digital product like a web service or a mobile app can be scary. We'll show you the steps to success
18 min read
Imej Kecil Artikel The 13 best business name generators
And they're free! Find a great name for your startup.
5 min read
Imej Kecil Artikel WeWork and the future of coworking spaces
What does the future hold for coworking spaces in light of all the latest WeWork drama? Read on to find out.
8 min read
Pengguna Berdaftar Jumlah Pekerjaan Disiarkan
Freelancer ® is a registered Trademark of Freelancer Technology Pty Limited (ACN 142 189 759)
Copyright © 2022 Freelancer Technology Pty Limited (ACN 142 189 759)
Memuatkan pratonton
Kebenaran diberikan untuk Geolocation.
Sesi log masuk anda telah luput dan telah dilog keluar. Sila log masuk sekali lagi.