Google’s Bristlecone Quantum Processor

Article from Google’s Quantum AI lab about a new quantum computer.  The new processor named, Bristlecone, is a 72-qubit universal quantum computer with low error rates.  Low error rates is a more friendly data processing term for decoherence.  A quantum processor must maintain coherence long enough to perform a particular computational task it’s designed to solve.  72-qubits with low error rates is rapidly approaching the computational power necessary crack modern browser security on the fly.  For background on quantum computing and impacts on cryptography see my previous article, 2016 Stanford University Security Forum.

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