Although the idea of quantum computing to carry out tasks far faster than any conventional machine goes back decades, such super machines were yet to reach the masses – until now. It was originally proposed in the early 1980s and subsequently adopted by Google, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and IBM – who have each dedicated quantum-computing research groups. But to make an actual impact on the outside world, those quantum computers confined to laboratories needed to be circulated to the public – beyond the hands of researchers only. And so it is… On May 4th, IBM announced that it would connect one of its quantum computers to the internet and make it available for anyone to play with!
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