For the Layman...
Don't feel un educated because you can't see thru the "Grand View" as presented by all the Showmen.
This experimentation with what they call "Q-bits" is really just another evolution of computers (the same computers) that will make them ever
smaller and faster. That is the trend, eh? From room sized to desk sized to "Dick Tracy and Beyond".
This particular development if it is successful
, will result in a simply smaller faster computer. Thats all. The problem with the "size" part
is that the individual memory cell size is a mere electron in size (The BIG GOAL) and that size is so very tiny small that any external noise or
frequency in the ether can change its 1 or 0 state. Thats why the super cooled single junction circuit in the IBM video.
All computers work in "binary" (meaning two). Like a light switch a memory "bit" (data) is read in either an "on" (1) or "off" (0) position.
All the ones and zeros streaming around in a computer (and between them) make up the "program" which you are typing and reading right now.
Digital signals appear to us on an oscilloscope screen like this:
Without going into a lot more detail and keeping it as simple as possible, the pic represented is a trace of a single digital signal that has hi
points and low points. The his are 1's and the lows are 0's. This could be a memory signal (data), an address bit (location in memory) or a control
signal (what action to take, like write or read, etc.).
This is only one bit. When you hear the term 64 bit processor, you have a processor that can utilize or "measure" the data storage and control of 64
bits of data at once. The more bits and the higher the frequency (how many Giga are we up to?), then the faster and higher the capacity. The
"quicker" things appear to move on your screen and the "higher" the resolution.
This quantum super computing research is aimed primarily at size reduction. The smaller overall
they can make the box that holds these
computers in the palm of your hand say, then the more "advanced" they are considered to be. Whether you need it smaller or not is another story.
For instance there are limitations to how small a keyboard can be. That is determined by the size of the human finger tip. And how small the print can
Nothing to be concerned about really. They're just reinventing the wheel one more time.
I would be more concerned with the current technology that puts vast amounts of data into witch hunt programs and then directs hi explosive missiles
from the sky at the "enemy". Those kind of "protocols" are the most insidious now and down the road.