In 1981, at a conference on physics, Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman issued a challenge that was heard around the world—urging scientists to develop a new breed of computers based on quantum physics. Ever since then, scientists have been on a quest to build a universal quantum computer.

IBM Fellow and quantum information pioneer Charles Bennett attended that famed 1981 physics conference and accepted Feynman’s quantum challenge.

Charles Bennett is a pioneer in the field of quantum information theory at IBM Research and an IBM Fellow. His work and breakthroughs have shaped our understanding of the relationship between physics and information processing, and contributed many of the basic building blocks that guide experimental work to build a universal quantum computer.

A universal quantum computer can be programmed to perform any computing task and will be exponentially faster than classical computers for a number of important applications for science and business.

Towards this goal, IBM is introducing a cloud-enabled quantum computing platform called the IBM Quantum Experience to let researchers, the scientific community and the public, learn about, and experiment with, a quantum computer to help discover new applications for this technology.