A small French chip startup challenges the mighty Amazon to produce a formidable quantum chip inspired by a famous cat

Quantum computers have shown astonishing promise in recent years, with companies from IBM to Google building increasingly powerful machines that are fundamentally expected in many areas, from encryption to medical research.

Quibits – quantum bits that simultaneously occupy a superposition of both 1 and 0 – are the building blocks of quantum machines. But today’s most powerful quantum computers are wildly inefficient due to a phenomenon called “quantum error.” This affects more than 1,000 qubits for each individual, unaffected ‘logical’ quibit.