Since its inception in the early 20th century, quantum mechanics has perplexed and fascinated scientists. Today, quantum computing, one of the most exciting applications of quantum mechanics, is pushing the boundaries of what we think is technologically possible. Quantum computing holds the potential to revolutionize sectors ranging from healthcare to cybersecurity, but it’s the unknowable and undiscovered frontiers of quantum computing that are particularly intriguing.

Quantum computing operates on the principles of quantum mechanics, including superposition and entanglement. Unlike classical computers that process information as bits (either 0 or 1), quantum computers use quantum bits, or qubits. Qubits can exist in a state of 0 and 1 simultaneously thanks to superposition, potentially allowing quantum computers to process a vast number of computations simultaneously.

The potential implications of this computational speed are staggering. Quantum computers could allow us to solve problems that would take classical computers millennia to complete. For example, quantum computers could factor large numbers more efficiently than classical computers. This ability might sound mundane, yet it has huge implications for cryptography.

Despite these promising opportunities, the path ahead is fraught with challenges. The creation and manipulation of qubits is a delicate process; qubits are highly sensitive to their environment, and any slight changes can cause ‘quantum decoherence’. Also, qubit control is essential because their interactions manipulate data. The sheer complexity of these operations makes quantum computers incredibly difficult to scale.

But despite these challenges, exciting developments are already underway. IBM, for example, has predicted that quantum ‘advantage’ – a point when quantum computers outperform classical computers on valuable tasks – could be achieved in the next decade. Companies ranging from Google to Microsoft are investing heavily in quantum research in a contemporary ‘quantum race’.

Simultaneously, as the power of quantum computing unfolds, novel research fields are gaining traction. Quantum machine learning, for example, may be able to identify patterns in vast datasets faster than classical computers, potentially crafting more accurate models in sectors like healthcare predictions or weather forecasting.

Yet arguably, the most exciting frontiers of quantum computing remain undiscovered. Just as Schrodinger’s famous cat simultaneously exists in a state of being both alive and dead until observed, the future of quantum computing is cloaked in infinite possibilities until we isolate them and bring them into existence.

Ultimately, we stand at the edge of a new frontier. A frontier where the possibilities of quantum computing stretch out into an unknown, exciting future. While there are certainly challenges to overcome, the potential impact of quantum computing on our world could be extraordinary. The current technological capabilities hint at a future where even the most enormous computational tasks could be democratically available to all, opening a world of endless possibilities.

It’s clear that the many-layered complexity of quantum computation calls for an interdisciplinary, global approach. Academics, researchers, engineers, and businesses must collaborate to unlock its full potential. With continued exploration and investment, the future of quantum computing could very well redefine our understanding of computation, and in turn, the world.