Jack Ma aims to create a superfast computer
Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of Alibaba Group, is investing 150 million yuan on developing a prototype quantum computer.
First proposed by physicist Richard Feynman in 1982, the idea of a quantum computer is to use certain phenomena from quantum mechanics to perform operations on data.
If successful, large- scale quantum computers would be capable of calculations at speeds impossible for traditional ones.
For example, if you take a mug shot of yourself and want to compare it with pictures of every person on the globe to see who looks like you, it is a mission impossible for current computing technology. A quantum computer will complete the task in 0.1 of a second.
Alibaba Group’s cloud computing subsidiary Aliyun is setting up a joint quantum-computing laboratory with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.