IBM Quantum computer program to open in UNILAG, 15 other African universities

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Nigeria’s University of Lagos (UNILAG) is part of a list of 16 universities across nine African countries to host IBM’s Quantum computer program.

The global technology company IBM kicked off its quantum computing expansion project in University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University), South Africa on Wednesday, with a promise to extend the program to other African universities.

To be sure, a quantum computer is a product of a branch of science known as quantum mechanics. Quantum computing however is a branch of science that focuses on developing computer technology based on the principles of quantum theory, which explains the nature and behaviour of energy and matter on the quantum (atomic and subatomic) level.

Quantum machines are a long-held dream in the tech world. It is believed that by tapping properties that extend beyond the limits of classical Newtonian physics, they hold the promise of exponential gains in computing power. Tech companies such as IBM, Microsoft and Rigetti Computing have asserted that the first real benefits from quantum computing could be seen within 5 to 10 years.

The IBM Q (Quantum) was launched in January 2019. In line with its dreams of being the pacesetter in the technology, the company described its innovation as the “world’s first integrated universal approximate quantum computing designed for scientific and commercial use.”

The IBM Q Network is a community of Fortune 500 companies, startups, academic institutions and research labs working with IBM to advance quantum computing and explore practical applications for business and science.

According to the company, IBM Q systems are designed to one day tackle problems that are currently seen as too complex and exponential in nature for classical systems to handle.

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