The possibilities of quantum computing are plentiful: for years, it has been stated that it will break cryptography, make drug discovery a breeze, and accelerate database search. Scientists worldwide have fruitfully built quantum computers with dozens of quantum bits, but so as to deliver, they will need numerous more.
Debbie Leung is a fellow in CIFAR’s Quantum Information Science program and a faculty member at the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing. (Image credit: © Institute for Quantum Computing)
At the AAAS meeting held on February 16
th, Debbie Leung, a fellow in CIFAR’s Quantum Information Science program and a faculty member at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing, talked about the challenges of scaling quantum computing. She focused on the components necessary for accurate quantum computing operations and discussed the latest progress with error-correcting codes. Leung added that although there are major challenges in the path ahead, there are also a number of good reasons to be hopeful.