There is huge promise for quantum computing, from machine learning applications to encryption cracking. There could be a step change in the time to solve certain multi-variable, multi-state problems.

The promise has been recognised for years, but it appears that investment in the space is on the increase and real progress is being made. Europe currently leads the world with a total investment of €550 billion annually and with 2,500 papers being published a year. By contrast the US is managing €360 billion and 1,200 papers, and China's figures are €220 billion and 1,900 papers.

There are still many questions around the timing to make this technology applicable to the mass market but being based in Europe it feels like we are at the heart of this potentially very powerful next computing paradigm shift.