Like the early stages of the digital revolution when no one could imagine how finance or logistics – or the very rhythms of daily life, would be transformed – we can’t yet predict where quantum computing will bring the greatest advantages.

Potential near-term applications for quantum computing

The first business use cases for quantum computing have yet to be determined. They may include, but are not limited to:

  • Pharma and Materials, untangling complex molecular and chemical interactions to discover new drugs and materials
  • Supply Chain and Logistics, finding solutions for more efficient logistics and global supply chains
  • Financial Services, finding new ways to model financial data and isolate risk factors to make better investments
  • Artificial Intelligence, enhancing machine learning, hybrid quantum approaches to data classification.
Inside an IBM quantum computation centre. Photo by Connie Zhou for IBM.