There’s a reason Google, Microsoft, IBM and governments around the world continue to make significant investments in quantum computing —they are counting on it to change the world by solving problems that are intractable for today’s classical computers.
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Quantum computers will disrupt every industry. They will change the way we do business and the security we have in place to safeguard data, how we fight disease and invent new materials, and solve health and climate problems. As the race to be the first to create a commercially viable quantum computer accelerates, here are just a few ways quantum computing will change our world.
There will be good and bad for online security once there is widespread adoption of quantum computers. The bad? Our current data encryption tactics will become obsolete. Currently, most online security methods count on the fact that it takes an extraordinary amount of time to “crack the code” as computers crunch large numbers. However, quantum computers will be able to process this information quickly leaving our computers, financial institutions and private information vulnerable. The good news is that significant work has been done to develop quantum encryption methods such as quantum key distribution, an ultra-secure communication method that requires a key to decipher a message. Thanks to the peculiar properties of quantum mechanics, if the message gets intercepted, no one else can read it.
The information processing that it critical to improve is ideally suited to quantum computing. Quantum computers can analyze large quantities of data to provide machines the feedback required to improve performance. Quantum computers are able to analyze the data to provide feedback much more efficiently than traditional computers and therefore the learning curve for machines is shortened. Just like humans, machines powered by the insights from quantum computers can learn from experience and self-correct. Quantum computers will help expand to more industries and help technology become much more intuitive very quickly. […]