A technology that promises to unlock the secrets of the universe, cure deadly diseases and supercharge artificial intelligence is on the horizon – and the UK is at the vanguard of efforts to make it a reality.
Quantum computers, incredibly powerful machines that use miniscule particles called qubits to process information, have long been hailed as the next big leap for mankind.
“The UK has been ahead of the curve [on quantum computing] compared to Europe,” says John Morton, director of the UCL Quantum Science and Technology Institute.
“Its announcement of £300m in quantum computing five years ago was actually ahead of many countries, and the US followed suit with a big national programme. The…