CFA Lecture

Quantum Computing: What it means for security, decision-making and your heartrate

Quantum computers are poised to revolutionize all areas of science and technology. In this talk Dr. Mark Jackson will give a basic overview of the field, and how it will affect your everyday life. He will begin by describing the history of quantum computing, and its foundation in quantum physics. He then focusses on three primary applications: machine learning, encryption & security, and chemistry. Post-quantum algorithms will soon be necessary, as quantum computers are no more than 10 years away from hacking most online encryption systems. Quantum machine learning is based on amplitudes rather than probabilities, providing more sophisticated decision-making. And quantum chemistry has the potential to produce personalized medicine for individuals based on their genetic makeup. Jackson concludes with the current status of quantum computing technology and business ecosystem.