Tech Boost: Expert on how quantum computing will change lives
Updated 11:02, 15-May-2019
By Cai Mengxiao

Quantum computing is expected to bring drastic changes to people's lives, Guo Guoping, founder and chief scientist of the Origin Quantum Computing Company, told CGTN in an exclusive interview on Wednesday at the Hefei Innovation Industrial Park in east China's Anhui Province. 

The range of its impact is far-reaching, said Guo. "It may help customize medicine and therapeutic treatment methods as well as make weather forecasts more precise in the future."

Quantum CPU developed by the Origin Quantum Computing Company. /CGTN Photo

Quantum CPU developed by the Origin Quantum Computing Company. /CGTN Photo

The technology can also be employed in fields from national defense, biopharmaceutics to the automatic driving, Guo added. "Computing power, which the quantum computing aims to boost, is needed everywhere that entails information processing." 

It's challenge is demystifying its power to the public. Guo said his company is addressing this by providing online curriculum on the theory and algorithm of quantum computing, as well as its application in different industries for free in an attempt to help more people understand the way it works. 

The quantum cloud platform launched by the Origin Quantum Computing Company. /Screenshot

The quantum cloud platform launched by the Origin Quantum Computing Company. /Screenshot

In March 2018, the Origin Quantum Computing Company rolled out the world's first quantum cloud service platform where people are encouraged to develop their own quantum applications through quantum computing programming. 

The startup has plans to donate quantum computing learning machines to selected universities and middle schools across the country with specific courses to make the cutting-edge innovations more familiar and at the same time foster potential users of China's self-developed programming language of quantum computer.

Yin Juan (C), a member of China's satellite Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) team, receives the annual Newcomb Cleveland Prize in Washington, DC, on February 14, 2019. /VCG Photo

Yin Juan (C), a member of China's satellite Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) team, receives the annual Newcomb Cleveland Prize in Washington, DC, on February 14, 2019. /VCG Photo

China has been a world-leading power in quantum in recent years. In August 2016, the world's first quantum science satellite, named "Mozi" in Chinese, or "Micius" after the ancient Chinese philosopher and scientist, blasted off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. It relayed the demonstration of quantum-safe intercontinental video conference between China and Austria in September 2017, laying a foundation for building a global quantum-secured communication network.

In December 2018, China's first quantum computer control system with independent intellectual property rights developed by the Origin Quantum Computing Company was launched in Hefei. The system is expected to enhance the performance of quantum chips by providing precise signals, processing feedback information and compiling computer programs, Xinhua reported citing the company.

Tech Boost is a subsection of CGTN' special coverage "70 Years Thriving," which showcases China's development in science and technology in the last 70 years by visiting major industries and facilities in the country, and sharing the stories of frontline researchers.