|29 November 2016|

USA

Solving the world’s most difficult problems: serious medical conditions, climate change, hunger; these are some of the ultmate goals for Microsoft in its quest to build a quantum computer.

To advance its ambitions, Microsoft is placing collaboration at the centre of its strategy. By bringing scientists, engineers and technicians together, Microsoft is confident it can turn science fiction into reality.

And some impressive new additions to its team demonstrates the tech giant’s commitment to this project.

“Microsoft has hired two leaders in the field of quantum computing, Leo Kouwenhoven and Charles Marcus. The company also will soon bring on two other leaders in the field, Matthias Troyer and David Reilly,” a company blog post revealed.

“I knew that to get over the hump and get to the point where you started to be able to create machines that have never existed before, it was necessary to change the way we did business,” Marcus said. “We need scientists, engineers of all sorts, technicians, programmers, all working on the same team.”

Microsoft is also creating the software which would run on its quantum computer.

“The goal is to have a system that can begin to efficiently solve complex problems from day one,” the blog post explained.