Is the quantum computer revolution really just five years away?

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Many of those involved in the race to unleash the power of quantum computing predict it will happen soon. Here’s why, says Graeme Malcolm

Recently, those at the forefront of the race to realise the potential of the first quantum computer have started to signal that within the next half decade a functional quantum computer will be here – a machine capable of undertaking tasks unimaginable in the context of today’s classical supercomputers. Todd Holmdahl, head of Microsoft’s quantum team, is the latest to do so.

Claims were first made a number of years ago that within five years the vast potential of quantum computing would be realised. As we saw with …