By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS – November 16, 2017) — The United States and its adversaries are engaged in a feverish contest to produce the world’s first operational quantum computer. Whoever holds the keys to the computer will also hold the keys to the kingdoms of the earth – controlling their financial and national security affairs.
“Such a system theoretically would have enough computing power to open the encrypted secrets of every country, company and person on the planet. It would also enable a foreign creator to end America’s dominance of the information-technology industry and the global financial system,” writes Arthur Herman, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, in a piece that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.
The quantum computer will solve problems thousands of times faster than any supercomputers in use today by employing the principles of quantum mechanics.
“All current computers process data in a linear sequence of one and zeros,” Herman notes. But in the curious world of quantum mechanics “a quantum bit, or ‘qubit,’ can be a zero and a one at the same time, and do two computations at once.
Microwave apparatus used in NIST quantum computing experiments (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
This presents a gigantic problem for encryption, which keeps your bank account safe – along with corporate and government secrets. Encryption is based on math problems that would take a normal computer centuries to solve.
“A future quantum computer will be able to decrypt such systems almost instantaneously,” Herman writes. “Even Blockchain will not be able to withstand the first quantum attack if it relies on two-key encryption architecture, which protects nearly all digital information today.
“To understand the scale of the threat, imagine a thousand Equifax breaches happening at once.” In the wrong hands, a diabolical person or government entity could gain control of the world — exceeding the threat of the worst James Bond-style super-villains.
Most experts believe such a computer will be developed within the next 10 years, according to Herman. In the U.S., much of the work on quantum computing is being conducted by companies like Google and Microsoft.
The European Union is investing nearly €1 billion (Euros) to produce such a computer. Australia, the U.K. and Russia have also entered the quantum race.
“But the real national leader in quantum research investment is China,” according to Herman. “This summer it launched the first satellite capable of transmitting quantum data. It’s building the world’s largest quantum research facility to develop a quantum computer specifically for code breaking and supporting its armed forces, with quantum navigation systems for stealth submarines.
Photo captions: 1) Arthur Herman, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. 2) Microwave apparatus used in NIST quantum computing experiments (National Institute of Standards and Technology). 3) Dan Wooding welcomes Mark Ellis to the Windows on the World TV show that they did together.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and is also the founder of www.GodReports.com, a website that shares testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest and involvement in world missions. Previously, Mark co-hosted a TV show called “Windows on the World” with ANS Founder, Dan Wooding, aired on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv), which is now co-hosted by Dr. Garry Ansdell, Senior Pastor of Hosanna Christian Fellowship in Bellflower, California.
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