Quantum Computing – What’s It All About?
Quantum computing supremacy, stupidity or simply survival? Does the Quantum paradigm mean this is the end of national security worldwide? Not quite. A working quantum machine means a possible end of all kinds of digital security we currently have. It will not be one thing affected. All facets of tech and computing will fall under its wide, confusing arc.
Is this the time to run around screaming with our hands in the air then?
No, not at all.
Our current standard computing systems do all their calculations using either 1 or 0, on or off, we call this Binary. With quantum computing you still have on and off. What you gain are all the options between on and off. Very much like Schrödinger’s cat. While the box containing the cat has its lid on it could be dead, alive and everything in between. Quantum helps us find the everything in between.
Along with the ability to break through securities currently in place today, Quantum computing will also bring quantum levels of security. As with all technologies, it depends on how it is applied, not what it actually is.
The ability to run large computations in an extremely small amount of time is a game changer though. Make no mistake on that.
So, while countries are competing for ‘Quantum supremacy‘, scientists are continually looking for ways to use and manipulate it. Worth noting here, Quantum supremacy means, can do all things a current normal computer can do but better. This is not where things are at currently.
The current state of quantum computing is nowhere near ready for home use either. The costs involved in having one are just too high. The materials needed to keep it cool as well are not exactly found in supermarkets either.
The options available to humanity are well beyond extensive with this development in computing. Whether we actually apply them correctly or not, remains to be seen.
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