The 50th anniversary of the moon landing is also the anniversary of a major breakthrough in computing.
The Apollo Guidance Computer, which was about the size of two shoe boxes, was absolutely vital to the success of the mission, proving for the first time that a powerful computer didn’t have to be the size of a warehouse.
50 years later we’re on the verge of the next major breakthrough, with a working computer built on quantum mechanics getting closer every day.
A group of physicists from the University of New South Wales has made a giant leap towards this goal, with research published in the journal Nature today revealing that they’ve increased the speed of quantum computing by a factor of 200.
The lead author in this research is the 2018 Australian of the Year, Professor Michelle Simmons.
Guest: Professor Michelle Simmons, director, Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation, University of New South Wales, and 2018 Australian of the Year
Producer: Matt Bevan
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