Continuing our Quantum Computing Crash (Collision?) Course to get you ready for our upcoming performance of BOUNDED IN A NUTSHELL (help us BUILD A NUTSHELL HERE) –
So much has changed in the world of technology over the last six years (the first draft of NUTSHELL was completed in early 2010), but there remain fundamental problems and concerns that never seem to leave us in terms of our relationship with all this new technology. Our technology gets better and better. However, we remain a species that is only a few thousand years removed from our cave mentality. Still waiting for the bear just outside the mouth of the cave to devour us if we move too far away from the cave’s protection.
As these linked articles show (here, here, and here) there are continuing concerns about what security will look like if high-end quantum computing becomes commonplace. Yes. Justified concerns. But will our concerns and our continued focus on what we fear might happen with all this new technology be our undoing?
When you have a computer that utilizes the strange, unsettling, and unpredictable nature of subatomic particles, you have a machine that can calculate exponentially faster that any device you’re presently reading this on. And when you have a quantum computer working that fast, you have a machine that is able to break codes faster than anything we’ve come up with so far.
Will quantum computing create machines that have some sort of consciousness? And will be build machines that we can no longer trust?
Read the articles and give it all some thought. The things we make often reflect what we are and what we need.