Pushing Computer Limits

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CSAIL Associate Professor Scott Aaronson is delving into the next frontier of computing: quantum computing. The wild west of the computer world, quantum computing is a new means of expanding the boundaries of information processing.

Don’t hold your breath on sitting down to tap away at your brand new quantum computer anytime in the near future, though. As Aaronson explained in a recent feature on silicon.com, quantum computers would essentially be a new form of the machine and could pose all sorts of obstacles like security issues, as the technology would make it easier to breach traditional safeguards for online shopping and protected sites. They may even prove impossible to build, thanks to fundamental limits on how fast a computer can run, according to Aaronson.

Read more on Aaronson’s thoughts on the future of quantum computers here.