On July 25, 2018, a group of scientists from Microsoft, Google and IBM sat on a stage at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Matthias Troyer, John Martinis and Pat Gumann were all working on research into quantum computing, which takes advantage of our knowledge of quantum mechanics, the physics of how the world operates at the smallest level.
The evening was billed as a night to ask the experts “Quantum Questions.”
About an hour into the event, moderator and historian David Brock asked the scientists one last thing: “What do you think—for us as, you know, citizens of the world—what are the most important things for us to know about and keep in mind about quantum computing, as it is today?”
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