This is the highly experimental world of quantum computing, which " makes use of such unusual properties of quantum physics as a particle’s ability to move in one direction and its opposite at the same time."
Confused yet? Don't worry. It's weird and complicated stuff, but the takeaway is this – scientists are reimagining how computers work at their most basic level and it's leading to faster and more powerful devices.
Don't expect to have a quantum computer in your home any time soon – the applications here are far too specific and the hardware too costly for these machines to become household objects. But that's only for now.
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