5 Things to Know About Quantum Computing at the World Expo

January 10, 2022

Since 1851, the World’s Fairs, now known as World Expos, have brought people together to innovate, collaborate and solve important problems. 

The theme for this year’s World Expo, currently taking place in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” Quantinuum’s trapped-ion quantum computing technology, Powered by Honeywell, is one of a handful of breakthrough technologies chosen to showcase American innovation at the global event. 

Honeywell’s quantum computing division recently combined with Cambridge Quantum to form Quantinuum. Honeywell is majority owner of the new company, which aims to accelerate the development of this disruptive technology and deliver real-world, quantum solutions faster.

Here are some things to know about the World Expo, quantum computing and our involvement in the global event:

  1. This is the first World Expo to showcase quantum computing. Visitors to the USA Pavilion take a 25-minute journey along a moving walkway and experience an immersive exhibit about how American ingenuity is shaping the future.  Themed The Sky is No Longer the Limit,” the exhibit showcases the System Model H1 quantum computing technology and its potential to help humans solve problems considered too complex for classical computers.
  2. The United Arab Emirates is the first Middle Eastern country to host the World Expo.  The first World’s Fair took place in London in 1851. It is held every five years and much like the Olympics, countries vie to host the event. In 2013, the United Arab Emirates became the first country in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region) selected to host a World Expo.
  3. The World Expo site in Dubai covers more than 1,000 acres.  The USA Pavilion boasts more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibition space.  
  4. There are expected to be 25 million visits to the Expo during its six-month run. More than 4 million are expected to visit the USA Pavilion.
  5. Honeywell is an official sponsor of the USA Pavilion, which is also equipped with some of the company’s advanced security and access control systems. 

“We are proud to showcase quantum computing technology at what has been the world’s premier event for innovation for more than 170 years,” said Tony Uttley, president of Quantinuum.  “Quantum computing will disrupt our world and enable us to solve critical challenges that we can’t with today’s technology. It is an honor that our trapped-ion quantum computing technology, which has led to our release of the highest performing commercial quantum computers in the world, has been included in momentous event.”