The topological difference

Finding solutions to challenges like global warming and world hunger may require a quantum system with thousands or millions of qubits. Microsoft is pursuing a topological qubit for its ability to scale—allowing us to solve more complex problems with fewer numbers of qubits overall. Paired with our full-stack solution, the topological qubit will help Microsoft offer a quantum system that scales to greater complexity, bringing solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges within reach.

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Addressing world hunger

With the aid of quantum computers, chemists can work to identify a new catalyst for fertilizer to help reduce greenhouse emissions and improve global food production. This solution requires the ability to model molecular interactions which are too complex for classical computers, but well-suited for quantum computers. The field of chemistry is an area in which quantum computers will have significant impact.

Reducing energy loss

Quantum computers will help advance materials science, creating superior new alternatives and greener technologies. One potential quantum computing application is the development of high-temperature superconductors which could enable lossless transmission of energy. New discoveries enabled by quantum computers will help identify materials with properties suitable for high-temperature superconductivity—a level of complexity that is out of reach for the computers we use today.

Solving optimization problems in machine learning

Quantum computing can bring speed and efficiency to complex optimization problems in machine learning. For example, large factories aiming to maximize output require optimization of each individual process, as well as all participating components. Quantum computers can help deliver optimization insights for streamlined output, reduced waste, and lowered costs.

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