Why are we two steps away from the quantum age

We are not far from predicting that computers will soon be able to solve previously inaccessible very complex problems.

In the interest of quantum world enthusiasts, technology is tilting and advancing with great strides in a largely forgotten region of the great mass, but of great value to the future of humanity. In a chaotic world that can be separated microscopically by atomic scales, elements of the periodic table and atom-crushing particles, the development of technologies that allow from the search for black holes, gravitational waves and antimatter to the harmless manipulation of organs by intramolecular processes reveals itself, and through its veil, which has been removed Now, they begin to dictate the rules of a new era integrated with quantum technology.

From the current progress of the sector, we are not far from predicting that quantum computers will soon be able to solve problems, once inaccessible or very complex, in milliseconds, plus quantum technology will accelerate the significant advances permeating the electric power sectors and medical procedures and the surgical and financial market, as well as completely changing the user experience we have today with regard to the Internet and telecommunications.

It is well known in the financial market that sectors that demand large-scale investments with dubious promises of very long-term returns are usually considered risky, and are allocated in risky portfolios, when compared to promising areas such as financial technology or similar in the sector which is focused on receiving High investments with a promise of quick returns. In other words, the benefit of financial products in a short period of time pays for an investment that is received more quickly than the result of the work of a quantum computer, whose focus may be on the discovery of less invasive treatments for patients with degenerative diseases. You see, the latter takes the time of dedicated researchers and years of research, backed by a cost that isn’t huge.

He began to reconsider the cost that until once so rare investment funds had to face in the face of the financial industry’s current market offerings. Although the guarantee of return remains in question, qualified investors and funds are increasingly able to focus on areas that can most guarantee a significant advantage in the technological scale with the promise of sectoral dominance and financial monopoly. From a financial market perspective, a 70% increase in investment in this type of technology is expected this year compared to previous years. In 2022, the rounds of capital in companies operating in this sector exceeded billions of riyals, let’s see the example of Terra Quantum and Classiq.

The public sphere has not been left in this race: We recently got an announcement from the White House that it had created the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee, decreeing the national interest to deal with any research involving the advancement of this type of research. Technique. Although the Americans control the market with about 40% of the share of global players, the most important investments are made at the expense of China, which has committed investments of 15 billion US dollars, in up to 5 years, and the European Union, which has identified 7.2 billion US dollars of investments in this sector. The reason behind the huge investments is a matter of national security that can be in the interest of those in the best position in the quantum race.

In favor of quantum world enthusiasts, technology is tilting and making strides in an area often forgotten by the great mass, but of great value to the future of humanity.

But what makes this technology so promising? In order to better understand the quantum world, it is necessary to understand qubits, which can generally be thought of as building blocks for quantum computers to exponentially increase the amount of information they process.

Let’s consider traditional qubit computers that do not actively adhere to the principles of superposition and quantum entanglement, that is, they process one piece of information at a time and cannot promote multiple interactions at the same time. While a bit has the ability to store only one piece of information, a qubit, as a result of the above principles, has the ability to store more states per unit of information and work with more efficient algorithms at the numerical level. In comparison, while it takes 50 bits of digital memory to refer to 50 bits of a standard computer, a 50-kilobyte quantum computer needs a quadrillion qubits of memory for storage. In general, this may mean that if in the past we took years to analyze data from a specific disease in order to focus on an effective treatment, we can now get positive results in seconds.

In other words, what once seemed impossible is now laborious and complex to implement. The importance of the new age ceased to require scientific efforts and began to require modifications related to engineering solutions. Companies like Google and Microsoft have been working for years to produce more powerful means to amplify quantum communication signals and qubits for their computers. Researchers from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been working for decades on advanced simulators to ensure we can soon manipulate more precise states of matter.

Within the current technological research development that we are dealing with in this article, there will be many sectors that can benefit from the product of quantitative results, such as, for example, the pharmaceutical industry, which can be dispensed with through the use of molecular simulators, the need for laboratory tests to diagnose diseases . the automotive industry, which could benefit from quantitative use to improve battery development and new sources of supply; The financial industry, which can be affected by more effective data analysis to improve any product offered; Especially the doctor who will wake up to a new reality of treatments and diagnoses.

In this last question, in the future, it is expected that by creating more advanced artificial intelligence algorithms, which investigate complex molecular structures, it will be possible to discover not only new approaches to less invasive treatments for patients, but also new drugs to be used in these therapies at a time standard. To give the example more color, it will soon be possible to discover the effectiveness of chemotherapy seconds after the first dose, as well as to discover a vaccine that could take months to be tested, in a few days.

In order to understand that we are not far from the future that will take us to the leap that we seek after decades of research, MIT scientists recently proposed the possibility of conducting tests to detect Covid-19 using quantum technology. Although some improvements are still required for commercialization, simulation results have shown promise, indicating that in short steps we are adapting to a new era that is likely to change the way we experience the experiences we have regarding interfaces with some sectors of the economy. In the face of the new age, we continue shyly, but we are already more aware of what the future holds for us.

Rodolfo Barrico He is the Legal Director and Legal Affairs for Asia at Ebanx and co-founder of the Observa China Network.

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