In the field of quantum computing, discoveries and advances follow one another. In 2022, Sandbox Alphabet sees the industry around this technology could see a real boom and transform IT as we know it.
Last year, Google and its partners made a crucial breakthrough. The researchers have succeeded in creating a new phase of matter within a quantum computer: the "Time Crystals" or temporal crystals.
This is a major discovery because time crystals defy the laws of classical physics. This new phase of matter is comparable to a snowflake that constantly returns between two different configurations without losing or using energy.
Scientists hope to harness the power of time crystals to build advanced quantum computing systems that can perform feats beyond all supercomputers combined.
Until recently, quantum computers were considered a technology of the future. Many research centres and companies are investing heavily in the development of functional quantum systems, but no one has managed to demonstrate the "quantum advantage": a point at which a quantum computer successfully performs an impossible operation for a supercomputer.
Some claim to have managed to reach this stage, like the Google researchers in 2019. However, these claims still require to be "peer-reviewed" or evaluated by the scientific community.
Anyway, records now reveals that Alphabet is planning the "spinout" of Sandbox Technology Inc: a company dedicated to quantum computing, incubated within the Moonshot program. Therefore, Sandbox would exist independently alongside other Alphabet companies like Google and DeepMind.
This decision by Alphabet confirms that the American giant believes hard as iron in the future of Quantum Computing. New experiments are expected to be announced by Sandbox, with the hope of raising funds to carry them out.
It will be necessary to wait to discover the projects and ambitions of Sandbox. It is not known if the firm will continue its research projects like the one on Time Crystals, or if it plans to implement a strategy and work on the development of a commercial quantum system. This company could aim to raise funds for research, or to sell quantum technologies.
Sandbox Alphabet and quantum computing
As a result, start-ups in the field of quantum computing will have to face competition from giants such as Google or IBM, which has unveiled its roadmap. In November 2021, IBM launched a processor exceeding one hundred Qubits.
Alphabet's entry into the scene could upset the Quantum Computing industry. In 2021, Honeywell Quantum Solutions and Cambridge Quantum Computing merged to create Quantinuum. In total, more than $3 billion was invested in the sector during the year. Giants such as IBM and Google could look to acquire start-ups like Oxford Quantum Circuits and Alice & Bob.
After the web, artificial intelligence or Big Data, quantum computing is shaping up to be the next battleground for tech giants…