Quantum Computers as an Instrument of Oppression?
The politics aside, this essay poses some serious questions for the future of humanity given the arrival of quantum computing. The piece draws parallels to George Orwell’s 1984 but in place of friends turning on one-another, our own data is used against us. Consider the electronic trail we all leave daily, from our personal devices to the speed cameras and ubiquitous video cameras. These devices produce endless data about everyone and everything. It is being amassed. It is impossible to sort through; at least for the time being. How will life be when the petabytes upon petabytes of data are analyzed, or at least assisted by, quantum computers? Looking past the politics, the thoughts provoked are captivating. Qubit. April 13, 2018.