The industry of quantum computing has taken the world of information processing by storm.

Quantum computers represent a dramatic shift in processing methodology. While traditional computers operate on a binary system of 1’s and 0’s, quantum machines run on information bits called qubits, units of data that can take multiple forms at the same time, exponentially increasing the processing power of the device.

While the earliest research into quantum processing goes back to the 1960’s, it is only recently that actual quantum machines have become a reality. A year ago, the first commercially available quantum computer was produced by the Canada-based D-Wave. Other big industry names such as Intel and IBM are now also bringing their own quantum machines online. Researchers are now foretelling the imminent arrival of “quantum supremacy,” achieved when a quantum computer will be able to make calculations beyond the most advanced binary-based machines.

Quite obviously, the implications of this quantum revolution will be enormous for a variety of industries. One question many policymakers and world leaders are beginning to ask is: How will quantum computing affect the landscape of international conflict?


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