The Hype Over Quantum Computers, Explained

In October 2019, Google made a big announcement. It announced its 53-qubit quantum computer named Sycamore had achieved ‘quantum supremacy.’ That’s when quantum computers can complete tasks exponentially more quickly than their classical counterparts. In this case, Google said its quantum machine completed a task in 200 seconds that would have taken the world’s most powerful computer 10,000 years to complete. IBM, another major player in quantum computing, took issue with the findings. Either way, it was a big milestone in quantum computing, and it’s leading to a lot of hype in the field. Here’s how quantum computing works, and how it could change everything from Wall Street to Big Pharma and beyond.

» Subscribe to CNBC: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC
» Subscribe to CNBC TV: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCtelevision
» Subscribe to CNBC Classic: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCclassic

About CNBC: From ‘Wall Street’ to ‘Main Street’ to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak peeks of your favorite shows, exclusive video and more.

Connect with CNBC News Online
Get the latest news: https://www.cnbc.com/
Follow CNBC on LinkedIn: https://cnb.cx/LinkedInCNBC
Follow CNBC News on Facebook: https://cnb.cx/LikeCNBC
Follow CNBC News on Twitter: https://cnb.cx/FollowCNBC
Follow CNBC News on Instagram: https://cnb.cx/InstagramCNBC

#CNBC

The Hype Over Quantum Computers, Explained

47 Comments

  1. Ivanloves_RBX on February 23, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Build new drugs dont u thinks that’s bad

  2. Dark Shooter on February 23, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Itz RGB missing ?

  3. _Astolfo on February 23, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    So from what I’m hearing, I can finally stream minecraft with shaders on discord without crashing.

  4. Mayank Rathod on February 23, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    What is quantam computer?

  5. After Burner on February 23, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    What will they do with them, Enslave You.

  6. Sayed El Amin on February 23, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    The hype is unwarranted and isn’t happening anytime soon.

  7. денис баженов on February 23, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    So where are nanobots TV and science magazines were covering in the 1990s?

    Evaporated?

    Nanotech is a mostly forgotten word now.

    Fusion is an even worse comparison.

  8. Joseph Stalin on February 23, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    china already has it

  9. Ernest Stockham on February 23, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Personal hunch the infrastructure that quantum properties function on natrually ( gravitational waves ) the universe logically is a functioning quantum system that we are a projection of this system

  10. Richard Silvas on February 23, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Computer: How many total thoughts complete everything? R.P.S

  11. REgamesplayer on February 23, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Seems like a lot of hype for a very fragile technology. It is likely to get stuck in development forever as bubble pops and investment dries up.

  12. Enrico Civardi on February 23, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Qui c’è ancora la materia.

  13. Maza on February 23, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Sooo when will i be able to stick some sick RGB on that bad boy and play crysis on ultra settings?

  14. Richard Slabon on February 23, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    So we can’t solve world hunger, but we came up with quantum computers. Just like microwaves magically popped up after roswell. Folks, were getting the tech from something much smarter then us.

  15. Alexander Paideia on February 23, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    And therefore, our noble people, What is the transcendent superior wisdom, for the sake of Global Humanity, Oneself, and Immortality, according to the Ancient Secret Wisdom; what are the five kinds of richness, most powerful knowledge and wisdom that every individual could and should possess? Could you help humanity?
    PaideiaEsotericSociety
    Twit: AbsoluteWisdom4

  16. Rovin Enusban on February 23, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    so in this computer we gotta pay for winrar?

  17. Suwir Wong on February 23, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Tony stark can build them in a cave out of scraps.

  18. Bernard Sarpong on February 23, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Can it calculate how to become a billionaire within 2 mins?

  19. Dustin Ruth on February 23, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Who’s here after watching Devs on Hulu?

  20. Alan Conlan on February 23, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    The thought patterns are our real issue. We have genious scientists ploughing deeper into multi-dimensionality at phenomenal pace. Then we have the cancerous Moguls of Wall Street and an entire western type banking system wanting to speed up their harvesting of wealth, not even seeing they’re the most heinous cancer eating into the entire body of our Creation. Not until the Wall Streets of the world are neutralized will it be safe for the scientists to release their new discoveries. Otherwise, the greed will return everything known back to zero, suddenly and irrevocably.

  21. Oscar Sucre on February 23, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    A quantum tetris? I cant wait for it!

  22. UHFStation1 on February 23, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    It would be great if it could create a vaccine for every conceivable disease.

  23. Ian Anony on February 23, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    In the future we will have quantum ai computers

  24. Richard Slabon on February 23, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Just like the drawings of beings with phone devices in egypt or something. There’s what you see and hear, and then there’s what’s really going on.

  25. Joe B on February 23, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Why does it take so much processing power to represent a caffeine molecule im confused he didn’t really explain why

  26. Rayhan Arazi on February 23, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    but can it run crysis tho’

  27. Bandit on February 23, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    sooo I can use my quantum computer to enter the quantum realm get the stones and change life?

  28. jerry t on February 23, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Would it be immoral to simulate humans in a quantum computer?

  29. yaw kean huat on February 23, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Ok…. how many bitcoins can quantum computers generates?

  30. Richard Slabon on February 23, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Nestle purchased huge reserves of water for who knows what, but if man has anything to do with it it can’t be good.

  31. Richard Slabon on February 23, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    The aliens found us through our nuclear testing. Explosions so powerful they effected the space time frequency.

  32. D. Marie Maria Boothkay on February 23, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Your not appearing

  33. Mister Resister on February 23, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    OMG it’s a Dalek from Doctor Who!

  34. Qian Nivan on February 23, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Lol. The atom fusion is happening now. About half year after uploading this video.

  35. Yu TTB on February 23, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    The accidental bicycle functionally grab because mall systematically twist minus a courageous cub. hideous high, inconclusive persian

  36. lalo on February 23, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    In 100 years my kid see this video like vhc by quantun phone

  37. dresdenkiller on February 23, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    I think in 30 years, Quantum Computers will crack Victoria’s Secret.

  38. Richard Slabon on February 23, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    They’re aren’t looking for life on mars, they’re mining water because we are screwed down here.

  39. Toby Ibe on February 23, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    But can it run crysis?

  40. Claudio Rodriguez on February 23, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    The long-term pizza acromegaly need because rubber uniformly report pro a naive city. bloody, humorous snowboarding

  41. Tony Monatana on February 23, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    That is 100%, theory, and it’s going to cost $1 trillion just for R&D i know that because Microsoft is Not investing in that theory.

  42. Robert Sanders on February 23, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    "exponentially more cubits"
    Journalists… I never understand anything in the popular press on science. I only understand the scientific publications.

  43. Fred Garvin on February 23, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    My brain is hurting

  44. Team Envy on February 23, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    but can you game on it

  45. Armand Robotson on February 23, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Which means….instead of waiting for doomsday for centuries….it will happen before you can respond….
    They keep using money on things nobody needs….while people are starving…and resources are depleted…

  46. Fr0z3n 4ng3r on February 23, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    So this tech seem perfect for breaking encryption sooo its a deadly weapon in the wrong hands.

  47. Richard Slabon on February 23, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Whatever they’re doing up there, rest assured, looking for life has nothing to do with it.

Leave a Comment