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Where will quantum
computers first have
significant impact?
If we're currently in what Honweywell's Uttley
describes as the " emergent era " of quantum
computing, the next stage in the field's evolution
will be the classically impractical era, he says.
That will involve running computations on a
quantum computer that typically aren't run on
today's classical digital machines because they
take too long, consume too much power, and
cost too much. " Crossing the threshold from
" emergent " to " classically impractical " isn't very
far away, " Uttley says - probably sometime in the
next year or two. (The third stage of the quantum
evolution will be what Uttley calls the classically
impossible era-that is, " you couldn't in the
timeframe of the universe do this computation on
the best-performing classical supercomputer, but
you can on a quantum computer. " )
The classically impractical era will see
breakthrough performance in numerous fields.
The area most likely to enjoy initial benefits
from quantum computing is materials science,
from semiconductor development to industrial
chemistry. But the activity with perhaps the
greatest near-term potential is the development
of new pharmaceuticals.
Drug discovery. A recent survey conducted
by QED-C and QuPharm, an alliance of
pharmaceutical companies allowing them
to share the risks and rewards of quantum
computing, found that 31% of the life science
organizations polled were set to begin quantum
computing evaluation in 2020 and a further 39%
were planning to evaluate quantum computing in
2021, or have it " on their radar. "
That's because quantum computing would
radically accelerate drug development, as well
as help speed up the distribution of drugs and
enhance the efficiency of the clinical trial process,
according to Heather West, Senior Research
Analyst at IDC's Infrastructure Systems, Platforms
and Technologies Group. A pandemic like
COVID-19 has only heightened this interest.
" Drugs today are discovered on a trial and
error basis. It typically takes five or more years

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