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D-Wave doubles down on its qubits

Sharon Gaudin | Jan. 25, 2017
Cyber-security company buying new $15 million system with 2,000 qubits

But for Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research, the new D-Wave system isn't all that exciting.

"It's not a big deal," he said. "Companies like D-Wave are making progress, but it is my impression that we, and they, are still decades away from practical quantum computers."

Quantum computers are thought to be particularly good at massive computations and complex questions. If scientists are looking to cure Alzheimer's or cancer, or if they're searching for distant habitable planets, then a quantum machine could be very beneficial.

But for editing video and crunching numbers for the company budget, a traditional computer will still be more efficient.


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