NEWYORK, USA: Google claims it has built a machine that can complete a task, which would take the world’s fastest computer 10,000 years, in only 200 seconds.
The results announced on Wednesday signal the birth of a new era with much faster computing speeds.
The astounding breakthrough is known as “quantum supremacy”, according to the scientific journal- Nature.
The latest design heralds the rise of quantum computers that utilize quantum mechanics as the driver behind fast computer processing.
The key difference between current and quantum computer technology is the ability of the latter to simultaneously attain any combination of zero and one as opposed to the former’s single state processing.
Google is now trying to develop “a fault-tolerant quantum computer” to win the race of high-speed computing.
“Achieving the necessary computational capabilities will still require years of hard engineering and scientific work. But we see a path clearly now, and we’re eager to move ahead,” it said in a statement.
However, the speed experiment has been criticized by some experts and rival companies, as the results were leaked online prior to the official publication.
IBM snapped at the tech giant in its latest blog post by saying that the company has overestimated the difficulty of the computing task.
It said the experimental problem can be solved by a classical computer in just 2.5 days and not 10,000 years.
“We urge the community to treat claims that, for the first time, a quantum computer did something that a classical computer cannot with a large dose of skepticism,” IBM said.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai defended the company’s claim in an interview with MIT Technology Review published Wednesday, citing an example of the Wright brothers’ attempts to fly.
“The first plane flew only for 12 seconds, and so there is no practical application of that,” said Pichai, adding, “But it showed the possibility that a plane could fly”.
China is considered a leader in the field of quantum computing which has extraordinary military applications.
As the United States tries to catch up on it, a quantum arms race seems imminent.