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IBM announces the world's fastest quantum computer - what does it mean?

They have the potential to change the world.

So, IBM has announced two powerful new quantum computer processors. One of them is not yet ready, but promised to be the most powerful of its kind with a processing capability of 50 qubits. In comparison, the fastest general-purpose quantum computers today max out at 20 qubits. The new IBM prototype also gives it a lead in the quantum computing department as it is faster than Google's 49 qubit machine that is still in the works. 

But what exactly does that mean for you and me? How fast is a

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