The speed and scale at which computer calculations are made is about to take a quantum leap with a discovery made by a team of Australian engineers lead by Andrew Dzurak at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Quantum Computing is much more advanced than tradition computing where two bits represent a 1 or 0, in quantum computations there are virtually an endless value for a state by superposition or the calculation with other states or qubits. Andrew and his team built a device that allows two qubits to calculate between each other, the quantum logic gate. It is a huge break through using silicon as chip manufacturing today is basically of the same process. What really incredible to myself, as a former MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) engineer is the use of the spin and direction of the electron to arrive at calculating the quantum state. These two sciences may be able to learn a lot from each other. Read more about the scientists and their discovery in UNSW News.
What I think it means for the consumer seven to ten years down the road, self driving cars will be able to calculate all the variables necessary to drive in city traffic flawlessly, medical procedures and drugs will be hand crafted just for your body and DNA. And, when you add this discovery with all the other sciences that are growing, all technology is beginning to increase at an alarmingly increasing rate.