It seems that technology is just getting faster and faster along with smarter. We can easily see thing as a good thing because that will mean less for us to think about as well as compute. But, what does this mean in reality and how will these “machines” work in real life?
Some experts are warning that quantum machines may have an effect of breaking the internet. As mentioned in a previous article, Google has reached what they term as “quantum supremacy” , where a quantum computer was able to solve a problem so advanced that even the most advanced supercomputers couldn’t tackle it. This was a main signal that the quantum realm is opening much faster than most anticipated.
Quantum computers simply don’t work like a traditional computing machine. Instead of using 1’s and 0’s, they use quantum bits that exist in superposition where they can exist in multiple places at the same time as either a 1 or a 0. This makes instantaneous computation possible.
Qbits function the best when they are super cold. Somewhere close to absolute zero is the best. so until this changes, we wont see desktop quantum computers just yet…but there are always solutions to every problem. This doesn’t mean that companies like Google and NASA and the Government aren’t already trying to build their own. The amount of power that this machine performs at is hard to even describe. a problem that would take 10,000 years for the fastest supercomputer to solve would only take a quantum machine 200 seconds. You will see this get faster and faster because the only real application is AI and we all know it.
With great power, comes great responsibility. This sentiment is held by many and Tim Callan, a senior fellow at cyber security firm Sectigo, warns that the advent of these era-defining machines could result in what he refers to as a “quantum apocalypse”. With quantum computers at the helm, cyber security would be irrelevant. Hacking would be easier than pressing a button, revealing passwords and a host of classified information. in the next decade, which is conservative, we will be living a world where we will require quantum computers for everything just to keep our own information secure.
The obvious question remains: If quantum computers take over and our need for them becomes every higher, what will be the point if a singularity is reached. Why would a quantum machine that is self aware fight against itself? This is truly the only question remaining and the one which will usher in the next apocalypse.
Tim Callan, a senior fellow at cyber security firm Sectigo, warns that the advent of these era-defining machines could result in what he refers to as a “quantum apocalypse”.