Google, NASA explain quantum computing and making mincemeat of big data

Google has released a video in which its researchers, along with those from NASA and D-Wave, show off their new quantum computer. It’s an informative video about quantum physics and quantum computing generally (I didn’t realize it’s just one tiny processor inside a giant machine designed to keep it near absolute zero), but I was drawn to the notion that big data could be its killer app.

“Really, we don’t know what the best questions are to ask that computer,” NASA’s Eleanor Rieffel says in the video, but the suggestion is it can process massive, complex datasets in ways we haven’t yet conceived. Oh, and it can do it with a fraction of a fraction of the energy currently required.

Watch the video for the whole story and some great images of the D-Wave system.