The computer that could usher in world government

Microwave apparatus used in NIST quantum computing experiments (National Institute of Standards and Technology)

By Mark Ellis

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.

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.

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