Startup Of The Week

Startup Of The Week: Alice & Bob

Quantum computing taps into the unusual behavior of atomic and sub-atomic particles to perform far more complex calculations at a massively increased speed compared to today’s computers. Errors are the main barrier. Alice & Bob’s unique technology of self-correcting superconducting quantum bit, the cat qubit, promises a much simpler path to fault-tolerant and universal gate-based quantum computing. The company has already demonstrated experimental results surpassing those of technological giants like Google or Amazon.

The French scale-up specializes in cat qubits, superconducting qubits with built-in error correction that drastically lower the hardware requirements in quantum computers. Its researchers have demonstrated that using cat qubits may reduce the number of qubits required to run landmark quantum algorithms by up to 60 times.

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.