Let’s start by taking a look at what is Quantum Computing.
Quantum computing is a rapidly-emerging technology that harnesses the laws of quantum mechanics to solve problems too complex for classical computers. Quantum computing is a new generation of technology that involves a type of computer million times faster than the most sophisticated supercomputer we have in the world today. It is a device so powerful that it could do in minutes what it would take a traditional supercomputer thousands of years to accomplish.
Our current computers are built to process binary bits i.e. 0’s and 1’s. The faster your computer the better it is at processing a larger number of 0’s and 1’s at any given point in time. For all intents and purposes our classical computers are only capable of doing one thing at a time. The key to the way all our computers work is that they process and store information made of binary bits.
Quantum theory on the other hand is a branch of physics which deals with the world of atoms and the smaller particles inside them. In the Quantum world the laws of physics as we know it don’t apply. For instance, quantum particles can exist in multiple states at the same time. This is known as superposition. Instead of binary bits (classical computing), quantum computers use something called quantum bits, ‘qubits’ . While a traditional bit can only be a one or a zero, a qubit can be a one, a zero or it can be both at the same time.
Gain a better understanding of Quantum computing through the following videos –
If you are interested in reading up more about Quantum Computing check out some of the links below –
- IBM on Quantum Computing
- Microsoft on Quantum Computing
- What makes Quantum Computing so hard to explain
With all of that in the background it’s time to check out what careers in Quantum Computing might look like. This resource has been put together by our friends at Careers with Stem – <Careers with STEM – Quantum Computing>
Careers with STEM is a platform for students, teachers and parents. Careers with STEM is designed to help you can explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – or STEM. It was founded by STEM-specialist publishers, Refraction Media, in 2014 and reaches 1 million high school students annually. Careers with STEM is supported by employers, government, universities and other organisations who share our vision: to inspire a smarter future. Check out Careers with STEM at their website https://careerswithstem.com.au/
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