Google says it achieved breakthrough in quantum computing

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google says it has achieved a breakthrough in blazingly fast quantum computing.

Google says it developed an experimental processor that took just minutes to complete a calculation that would take the world’s best supercomputer thousands of years. Big tech companies including Microsoft, IBM and Intel are avidly pursuing quantum computing, for vastly sped-up information processing.

While conventional computing relies on bits, or pieces of data that bear either a one or zero, quantum computing employs quantum bits, or qubits, that contain values of one and zero simultaneously.

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