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Quantum Computing Defense Race Our Decade’s Moonshot

November 25, 2019

Quantum Computing Defense Race Our Decade’s Moonshot
In short,” he observes, “quantum computing is this century’s moonshot — and now (as then), its outcome is about far more than national pride. ” (2019), “Thinking Whole: Rejecting Half-Witted Left & Right Brain Limitations” (2018), “Reflections on Oceans and Puddles: In 2016, China launched Micius, the world’s first quantum communications-enabled satellite to conduct a presently “unhackable” two-way encrypted video-call. Other American tech heavyweights like Google and Intel are funding similar research, and while the results are promising, “quantum supremacy” still lies beyond the horizon. In 2016, China’s 13th Five Year Plan identified quantum computing as a key strategic initiative, and authorized a quantum “megaproject” to that end. Inevitably, whether two years away or 10, banks and other commercial and private-sector organizations are going to have to shift from encryption systems they use now to quantum-resistant systems. Wright predicts that new generation quantum encryption will be a major cyber surveillance and security game-changer because there is no way to “eavesdrop” and listen in.

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