Quantum computers are incredibly powerful machines that take a new approach to processing information using the principles of quantum mechanics. The computers we use today are known as classical computers. They have enabled amazing things and become ubiquitous in our lives. There are, however, still problems they can't solve. These problems generally involved exponential scaling such as large-scale optimization or chemistry simulations. Quantum computers are being built to work with classical computers to potentially solve these problems.
Quantum computers are rapidly emerging. Pursued for decades in research labs, prototype machines are today getting bigger and more capable. Yet the technology is not generally understood. The concepts and vocabulary are foreign to most and access to the machines has largely rested with the scientific community. Industries are just starting to explore the possibilities and universities are beginning to develop quantum computing curriculums. Pursued for decades in research labs, prototype machines are today getting bigger and more capable.