The reason it would take so long is that classical computers encode information in the form of bits, which can take the value of 1 or 0 (think of them as the currency of on/off switches that ultimately control how a computer works).
However, quantum computers are based on ‘qubits’, which can represent both a 1 and a 0 at the same time (quantum mechanics refer to ‘superposition,’ where they are in states that are neither zero or one).
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