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A new Microsoft laboratory at the Delft University of Technology is the latest step towards making quantum computing a reality. The Microsoft Quantum Lab Delft, which was opened today by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, is the culmination of a partnership between Microsoft and QuTech to collaboratively research the building blocks for a quantum computer. Leo Kouwenhoven, Scientific Director of Microsoft Quantum Lab Delft as well as Professor at the Delft University of Technology, stated that “With the opening of this Lab, we see what is possible when business, science, and the government unite.  Together, we have built a world-class laboratory in Delft which will enable us to expedite the development of a revolutionary quantum computer. The Netherlands now has the necessary ingredients to develop the type of computer power that could drastically change humankind’s daily lives – from personalized medicine to the development of new renewable energy sources.” Unlike current classical computers, quantum computers will be able to perform calculations and tasks at a far faster rate and a greater level of complexity than even the most powerful of today’s supercomputers. Harnessing this computational power has the potential to revolutionize society and the world that we inhabit. The opening of the new lab strengthens the Netherlands’ standing in quantum research, while also offering opportunities to other parties to become involved. During the opening, the Netherlands’ Secretary of State Mona Keijzer (Economic Affairs and Climate) stressed that science, industry, and the government should join forces to consolidate this leading position. Full story posted on OUR FORUM.