It’s hard to miss the news on quantum computing. Breakthroughs in the last few years have demonstrated the opportunities and potential of quantum computing. The question is whether it will scale to more qbits while maintaining the stability of quantum entanglement. There are detractors, but it is too promising and far-reaching to ignore.
The work that Huang and co have done is to run this algorithm on a quantum computer in a proof-of-principle experiment. The team uses a six-photon quantum processor to analyze the topological features of Betti numbers in a network of three data points at two different scales. And the outcome is exactly as expected.
Of course, this example is not so hard for classical computers or even human brains to analyze. But the key point is that the Chinese have made it work on a quantum computer, a device that is set to dramatically outperform conventional computers in the coming years.