“If you flip a coin onto a table, you know it’s going to land heads or tails. If you spin the same coin, it flickers from one side to another before landing on a clear result. But if you spin thousands of coins, and each has the potential to influence the others – the result, when it arrives, will be a surprise for everyone.”
As analogies go, it’s a simple enough concept to comprehend. But this is how Professor Eduardo Miranda
, Professor in Computer Music at the University of Plymouth, explains the world of quantum computing.
The computers in use today handle the information represented above as heads and tails. Quantum computers do this with a table full of spinning coins – and the potential technologists see in these emerging systems are as wide-ranging as they are exciting.
They have been identified as having the potential to transform industries from manufacturing and engineering to cyber security and financial services, essentially enabling users to solve large scale combinations of problems at the click of an enter key.