What The U.S. Investment In Quantum Computing Means For Security
+ There are two main reasons quantum computing should be on your radar screen: big data and security.
Unfortunately, the U.S. isn’t leading in the race of quantum superiority… Other countries, notably Japan and South Korea, are also ahead of the American efforts.
+ According to a 2017 report from IBM, 90% of all the world’s data at the time was created in a two-year period, beginning around 2015. A 2012 IDC report also accurately predicted that the volume of data generated would double every two years to about 40 zettabytes in 2020 and a forecast of 165 zettabytes by 2025. The sheer numbers are astounding.
+ IDC forecasts that the big data and business analytics software and service spaces will grow to almost $275 billion by 2022, but no computer today — not even cloud-based data centers — can compute the data volumes at that scale with any degree of speed.
+ That’s why companies like Google, Honeywell and IBM are investing heavily in quantum computing. Quantum computing has the ability to not only compute today’s ever-growing datasets, but it also represents an opportunity to take the lead in quantum-based security.
+ China has made quantum computing a cornerstone of its last five-year technology plan, and it has been the first to hit key quantum milestones such as a quantum science communications satellite and a quantum-based network that connects Shanghai and Beijing, enabling secure “unhackable” communications between the two centers.
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