China and the US are racing to develop quantum computers which could mark the first real revolution in computing.  Future machines could offer a radical new way of processing and are forecast to transform industry in myriad ways: This could include transforming how drug makers, agriculture companies and car manufacturers discover compounds and materials.

Quantum computing uses the movement of subatomic particles to process data on a completely different level to even the fastest classical supercomputers today. Although it is mainly confined to research labs, the technology is expected to be able to perform calculations that would make today’s classical machines billions of years to solve.

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