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Indian scientist heads Finnish quantum computer project

Compiled by: Our Bureau

(Our Bureau, May 20) Meet Indian scientist Himadri Majumdar, the Indian scientist heading the team that’s building Finland’s first quantum computer. An alumnus of IIT Kanpur who also has a doctorate in applied physics, Majumdar first landed in Finland for research at the Åbo Akademi University in 2012. Later, he was appointed by VTT Technical Research Centre, which is now collaborating with the Finnish government to build its first quantum computer. Simply put, quantum computers use rules of quantum mechanics to perform calculations beyond human comprehension. In 2019, Google’s quantum computer did a calculation in less than four minutes that would take the world’s most powerful computer 10,000 years. “Quantum is the digital industry of the future. This is why Finland and many other places are investing heavily in quantum,” Majumdari told Helsinki Times. Once ready, the quantum computer will be used for climate modelling, traffic monitoring, financial services, and pharmaceutical and vaccine development.

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