The artificial intelligence wave caught the world napping last year after building up for decades, but the next big tech thing will leap out of the sea of innovation. It is called quantum computing, and it will usher in a tsunami of radical change in the digital world.

It uses the strange rules of quantum physics — Albert Einstein referred to some of its effects as “spooky” — to help solve problems that are too complex for conventional computers. For example, it can explore multiple solutions to multiple related problems simultaneously, at high speed, and at a scale that is not currently possible...

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