Quantum Computers Barely Exist—Here’s Why We’re Writing Languages for Them Anyway

Quantum computers are still extremely rudimentary, and largely remain intriguing playthings in a few advanced research labs. That hasn’t deterred people from developing new programming languages for them.

The most recent one comes from Microsoft, which has unveiled Q# (pronounced Q sharp) and some associated tools to help developers use it to create software. It joins a growing list of other high-level quantum programming languages such as QCL and Quipper.

But given that practically nobody has a quantum computer, what’s the point?

Read more at MIT Technology Review