"Mind-Boggling!" --China is Building a Quantum Computing Center that Dwarfs Any in Existence Today

Quantum computers have a clear potential to easily solve problems that would take our current classical computer way longer than the age of the universe. According to Oxford University physicist, David Deutsch, quantum computers can efficiently render every physically possible quantum environment, even when vast numbers of universes are interacting. 

Quantum computers can also efficiently solve certain mathematical problems, such as factorization, which are classically intractable, and can implement types of cryptography which are classically impossible. Quantum computation is a qualitatively new way of harnessing nature.

China is building a huge US $10 billion research center for quantum applications with the ultimate goal of creating a quantum computer with a million times the computing power of all others presently in the world.

The new super center, called the National Laboratory for Quantum Information Sciences, nearly 4 million square feet will be built in Hefei, Anhui Province. It reportedly has two major research goals: quantum metrology and building a quantum computer whose mind-boggling power dwarfs anything in the world today reports Popular Science.

Quantum computing taps the ability of subatomic particles to exist in more than one state at any given time. 

This allows processing to occur at vastly faster rates while consuming less energy than current computers. This enormous increasing in computing power is expected to propel artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies to new levels.