The AI company Baidu has presented its first commercially viable quantum computer, the “Qianshi”. Hardware and software are designed to work together in a way that allows the device to be easily operated even by external users, the company said. Possible applications include the search for new chemical compounds for better batteries or protein structures for new pharmaceuticals. Baidu is thus competing with companies such as IBM and Amazon. Quantum computing can be used to perform certain types of calculations extremely quickly. fin
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