The Aussie’s breakthrough will be the first of many, bringing quantum computing into the realm of practical affordability and everyday use. It may be a decade or more before you have one on your desk, but they’re on the way. Quantum computers will become essential in drug discovery, cybersecurity, astrophysics, and other work in which complex pattern detection is key. They’re also really good for solving Sudoku puzzles and playing five-dimensional chess.

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