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Electronic Voting Eases India Elections

Hundreds of millions of votes will be tallied in a matter of hours

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10 May 2004--In the world's largest democracy new electronic voting machines (EVMs) have traveled in jeeps, in helicopters, and even on the backs of camels and elephants. More than a million have been mobilized for an estimated 670 million eligible voters who will choose a new national parliament in a staggered election, spread over three weeks, which ended today. On 13 May the machines will perform what previous generations might have thought impossible. They will produce the results of the largest democratic election in the world within a few hours.

"By and large, the machines have been very well received," says Ajay N. Jha, deputy election commissioner at the Election Commission of India. The federal agency has used EVMs in several state elections over the last five years. But demand for machines rose sharply this year when India's coalition government called the national election six months early to capitalize on political gains in some states and on a resurgent economy.

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An IBM Quantum Computer Will Soon Pass the 1,000-Qubit Mark

The Condor processor is just one quantum-computing advance slated for 2023

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This photo shows a woman working on a piece of apparatus that is suspended from the ceiling of the laboratory.

A researcher at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center examines some of the quantum hardware being constructed there.

Connie Zhou/IBM

IBM’s Condor, the world’s first universal quantum computer with more than 1,000 qubits, is set to debut in 2023. The year is also expected to see IBM launch Heron, the first of a new flock of modular quantum processors that the company says may help it produce quantum computers with more than 4,000 qubits by 2025.

This article is part of our special report Top Tech 2023.

While quantum computers can, in theory, quickly find answers to problems that classical computers would take eons to solve, today’s quantum hardware is still short on qubits, limiting its usefulness. Entanglement and other quantum states necessary for quantum computation are infamously fragile, being susceptible to heat and other disturbances, which makes scaling up the number of qubits a huge technical challenge.

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