September 3rd, 2014, 23:04 PM
Google is building the world's fastest computer
Google is preparing to take computing to warp speed.
The internet search company announced a new partnership with researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara to develop "quantum computing" technology.
The science behind quantum computing is highly technical and still very theoretical. In simple terms, quantum computers make use of quantum bits, or qubits, to process information, as opposed to the binary system of ones and zeros used by traditional computer processors.
Scientists say qubits can behave like ones or zeros, or both. In theory, this should make quantum computers exponentially faster than digital computers that use a binary system to process information.
China is currently home to the world's fastest computer, the Tianhe-2 supercomputer, which is capable of nearly 55 quadrillion of calculations per second. A quantum computer could make that look like a snail.
Google and UCSB say they will form a "quantum artificial intelligence team," which will continue to lay the groundwork for quantum computing.