It has only been around 30 years since the birth of quantum computing. Though the technology is still evolving, its impact has already begun being felt. Google and other pioneering organizations have been trying to see how they can apply quantum computing to solve problems that cannot be solved by normal computers.
NASA is one of the organizations that has found a significant use for quantum computing technology. The organization uses D-Wave systems to help find safer and better space travel methods. They also use it in their air traffic control systems. This has helped in launching missions that send robots to space.
D-Wave Technology and Quantum Computing
Initially, binary computing was the A-game of technology. However, its transistors used silicon chips that could only be switched on or off, meaning that it could solely be expressed in two states, that is, 0 or 1.
Though D-Waves face a complex argument on whether they are real quantum machines or not, their quantum computing capabilities have so far proven to be quite helpful. According to Davide Venturelli, engineers and scientists are now better positioned to solve complex issues without having first to try and generate quantum phenomena.
D-Wave is only a tip of the iceberg on what quantum computing can accomplish. More research is in place to help come up with more accurate and sustainable quantum devices. Hopefully, this technology will help to create other solutions that have multi-sectoral applications.
A good example seen in NASA is where they focus on air traffic management to try and optimize routes so that landing and taking off has no unforeseen hitches. Better route air traffic means safer flights for rockets, especially during times when the sky is congested.
NASA also wants to use quantum computing to automate scheduling and planning of robotic missions. This will avoid the need to communicate with robots since they have pre-programmed instructions frequently.