Bill Gates has been trying to change the world through his charity for years, providing the underprivileged of the world with resources to not only survive, but thrive. Now, he’s brought Microsoft into the mix. And this time, he’s ready to change the world through technology. Microsoft says it's doubling down on quantum computing, and that’s a really big deal. What happens if they pull it off?
What Does Microsoft Have In Store For Quantum Computing?
While his philanthropic work has focused on providing resources for those without access to education and means, Bill Gates’s next project could change lives for everyone the world over. Microsoft just heavily invested in hiring a team of four top scientists from all over the world to develop quantum computing. And that could affect almost every facet of our lives.
Quantum computing, put simply, is a new way of reading, writing, and storing the code within computers. All those ones and zeros currently exist as either a one OR a zero. But with quantum computing, (in theory) the code could exist as both ones AND zeros at the same time. And while that may not sound like a huge deal, that would allow computers exponentially more calculations and drastically faster processing.
That ability would allow for significantly more powerful computers, which would amplify the company’s ability to crack the artificial intelligence puzzle. Drug research would be accelerated. Self-driving cars could be developed practically overnight. A home equipped with a quantum processor would be able to not only understand your needs but anticipate them instantly. Climate simulations could update in real time to be extremely accurate. Not to mention the entertainment and educational value of quantum. Microsoft would be so far ahead of the industry that everything else would become obsolete. Microsoft could then unveil truly immersive virtual reality and gaming consoles, perfect for games and learning.
The project is being led by Microsoft veteran engineer Todd Holmdahl, the ace behind Microsoft’s Xbox, Kinect, and (not yet available) HoloLens AR Headset. Holmdahl was quoted as saying “We're at an inflection point in which we are ready to go from research to engineering,”. His allstar team falls under Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, with over 5,000 people working towards utilizing technology to advance society through AI.
Learn a little more about quantum computing by watching this video from SciShow:
And while this all talk about the future, investors in the present seem to like the idea as shares of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) are up on the news. Microsoft spent big on this by bringing on a superstar team of scientists. Microsoft bet on quantum, and investors should in turn bet on Microsoft.
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