Quantum computers can now fix their own mistakes without making more

Kai Hudek/JQI An ion trap quantum process Kai Hudek
Quantum computers are not reliable enough to be mainstream. This is due to the high error rates in their calculations. This could change soon, as a quantum computer has shown for the first time an error-correction strategy which fixes more errors than it creates. This may be a practical way to scale up to a machine that can actually perform useful computations.

Computers store data in either a 1 or 0 format. However, errors can cause bits to flip to the wrong value.