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The quantum computer will search for life on other planets

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The quantum computer will search for life on other planets
Zapata Computing, in collaboration with Hull University in the UK, is embarking on an ambitious project to find life on other planets. For this purpose, a quantum computer will be used, the tasks of which will be the creation of astrophysical models and a database of promising planets.

The researchers are going to take as a basis to apply the works of the staff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Five years ago, the latter presented a list of over 14 thousand molecules, the presence of which in the atmosphere indicates signs of life on a particular planet. Using the power of a quantum computer will ensure high accuracy of calculations, which is important for obtaining models of molecular rotations and vibrations.

Scientists point out that a quantum computer is a relatively new technology that is not yet capable of overtaking conventional hardware. However, the installation has already made it possible to obtain information on intermediate-scale quantum noise (NISQ). The first results of the work of Zapata will be received in two months.

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