MIT researchers have developed the world’s first five-atom quantum computer that is capable in cracking traditional encryption methods.
We know that in computing, numbers are traditionally binary which represented by 0 and 1.
In quantum computing, these units are called “qubits” which in a state of superposition, being simultaneously 0 and 1.
This is just a very basic overview, but this opens a number of doors in relation to computing and encryption.
Professor Shor of MIT developed a quantum algorithm able to calculate a large number’s prime factors efficiently than traditional computers, as 15 is the smallest figure to demonstrate the algorithm.
It cited that the new system were able to return the correct factors and will gain 99 percent confidence.
“We show that Shor’s algorithm, the most complex quantum algorithm known to date, is realizable in a way where, yes, all you have to do is go in the lab, apply more technology, and you should be able to make a bigger quantum computer.”