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If the words ‘quantum’ and ‘computing’ seem complicated enough without smushing them together, fear not! This animated explainer will teach you how to build a quantum computer from the qubit up – or, at very least, help you grasp the basics. With nifty animated sequences to explore how quantum computing leverages quantum science, the video covers the broad strokes of the emerging technology, including its potential to revolutionise computing as we know it, and its current limitations.
Video by Scientific American
Animator: Michael Tabb
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