Why Now?

Quantum computing represents the next great leap forward in national security and economic growth. The countries breaking into this new frontier will have a new edge over their competitors.

  • Quantum computing will open up new applications of artificial intelligence, heightening the importance of global governance standards.
  • Quantum computing has a number of scientific applications such as the study of photosynthesis, superconductivity, and complex molecular formations.
  • It has the potential to thwart existing cryptography systems, which would allow sufficiently powerful quantum computers to decrypt the world’s most sensitive information.
New ways of computing are becoming practical and will change the way we think about what can be addressed by information technology. Problems that were once impossible—like simulating exactly how chemistry happens—will soon be addressed head on. This will transform the way researchers, businesses, and policy makers think about how to use technology.

Ed Barth

Senior Industry Fellow