American tech giant IBM will set up camps across Africa to train quantum coding engineers and scientists. The company plans to start with 200 students at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa in the coming few months. The students will be drawn from various countries for the first intake. The camps will then be rolled out to 15 universities across the continent.
Quantum computing is an experimental science that is being explored to replace the current computer processor technology. It is a technology geared towards enabling businesses solve the most difficult problems that current supercomputers are unable to. The company had earlier this year introduced quantum computing system for scientific and commercial use at the CES trade show in Las Vegas.
IBM’s vice president for Africa and emerging-markets research said by phone while being interviewed by Bloomberg that IBM wants to “figure out potential commercial applications and activate skills and research in the private sector in Africa.”
The Chief Executive Officer of IBM Ginni Rometty is confident that the company will make initial revenues from the investment as early as 2021.
“Africa has largely been left out of the industrial revolution, and many technology developments,” said Zeblon Vilakazi, the deputy vice chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. “This has seen the continent fall behind in some instances, and with this partnership we want to avoid that happening again with quantum computing.”