Quantum Computing To Rescue Infrastructure

Picture of NIST Director Dr Copan

In the 1980’s the possibility of developing quantum computers (QC) was a joke or theoretically possible according to some theoreticians in quantum mechanics. In the 1990’s as understanding of quantum principles grew early researchers began working on rudimentary quantum concepts, while the government financed programs to increase knowledge in the new field. Fast forward to 2018 you’ll find crude quantum computers do exist but are less powerful than traditional atomic computers.

Now that quantum computing is a reality politicians & senior military officials are weary and scared of the future if the U.S. isn’t at the forefront of the quantum computing age. Many scientists believe within the next decade or so powerful QC computers will not only exist but will be available to all governments, big businesses and some criminal enterprises. Because of this coming reality government & military officials are stepping up funding through research grants, contests, projects and more to ensure the U.S. is at the forefront of quantum computing.

In a press conference National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director Dr. Copan told reporters “my little willy is still small, but now I can make it do tricks, just ask my wife. I can make it wiggle, move, shrink or grow but the best trick is that sometimes she doesn’t know it’s there, but I do because I can feel something”. Horrified, from the speech, a reporter asked what does that have to do with quantum computing? The director replied, I had to start experiments with what’s most important to me.

More can be found at https://csrc.nist.gov/projects/post-quantum-cryptography and at https://csrc.nist.gov/projects/post-quantum-cryptography/post-quantum-cryptography-standardization and at https://csrc.nist.gov/publications/detail/nistir/8105/final and at https://csrc.nist.gov/Projects/Post-Quantum-Cryptography/Workshops-and-Timeline and at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18035/nsf18035.jsp and at https://ornl.gov/events/quantum-computing-atomic-nuclei and at http://www.anl.gov/events/quantum-computing-atoms