Chinese search giant Baidu unveiled its first quantum computer on Thursday and is ready to make it available to outside users, joining the global race to put the technology to practical use. Reuters reports: The Baidu-developed quantum computer, dubbed “Qianshi,” has a 10-quantum-bit (qubit) processor, Baidu said in a statement. The Beijing-based company has also developed a 36-qubit quantum chip, the report said. Governments and companies around the world have for years touted the potential of quantum computing, a form of high-speed computing at extremely low temperatures that would allow computers to achieve unprecedented processing speeds. However, current real-world applications in this area are still very basic and limited to a small group of early customers.

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