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When the TV series Star Trek set out to “boldly go where no one has gone before,” it pointed our imagination toward the far reaches of the universe. But scientists today are revealing an equally fascinating world — with startling possibilities for solving problems once thought to be impossibly complex — in the tiny realm of quantum mechanics.

You might think quantum theory is, by itself incomprehensible to a lay person, but a new section in LM Tomorrow, our free app for iPad users, explores quantum physics in an interactive, easy-to-understand format. The LM Tomorrow app received the gold-level “W3 Award” in 2012 for creative excellence on the web.

The Quantum Theory section draws on Lockheed Martin’s expanding research into the astonishing potential of quantum computing to solve challenges ranging from designing lifesaving new drugs to instantaneously debugging millions of lines of software code.

In partnership with the University of Southern California, the Corporation has founded the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computation Center (QCC), home of D-Wave One, the world's first commercial adiabatic quantum optimizer and by far the largest functional quantum information processor ever built.

The computer’s strength is systems optimization. It is capable of sorting through tremendous possibilities — more variables than all of the digital data created in an entire year.

In the context of nature, that’s like simulating 20 years of evolution in 10 nanoseconds. Imagine the time and money that much processing power could save in the engineering of complex systems.

“Computationally, this is the equivalent of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk,” explains Greg Tallant, Lockheed Martin program manger at the QCC, in the Quantum Theory presentation’s video segment.

“It’s a game changer for Lockheed Martin, a game changer for our customers, and ultimately a game changer for humanity,” he says.


Think that’s a stretch? Download LM Tomorrow from the App Store and judge for yourself.

Quantum Computing

Quantum computing has potential to solve challenges ranging from designing new lifesaving drugs to instantaneously debugging millions of lines of software code.

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  • The Quantum Theory section draws on Lockheed Martin’s expanding research into the astonishing potential of quantum computing to solve challenges ranging from designing lifesaving new drugs to instantaneously debugging millions of lines of software code.
  • In the context of nature, that’s like simulating 20 years of evolution in 10 nanoseconds.