Buckle up and get ready for a wild ride to a new era of computers as we will soon land into the world of supercomputing. Computers nowadays are getting faster and smarter, which means new powerful and sophisticated toys for cybercriminals.
You can safely say back in the days something like, “My password is complex and it can’t be cracked! It will take years for it to be cracked.”
Well, that’s about to change! So better be ready and prepared.
Google has just developed a quantum computer named “Sycamore” that achieved “quantum supremacy” after taking 200 seconds to solve a complex problem that the company says would take a normal supercomputer 10,000 years to solve.
Imagine if cybercriminals have this and they use it to crack your password. It would be devastating.
Although it is still unlikely that quantum computers would replace traditional computers soon, technology is already heading into that direction. And it’s only a matter of time until these new technologies start to emerge into the consumer market.
How quantum computers differ from traditional computers
Like traditional computers, quantum computers produce binary code to execute computing functions. But instead of using transistors to represent the ones and zeroes, as traditional computers do, quantum computers like Sycamore use quantum bits, or “qubits.”
Qubits are extremely tiny pieces of hardware that act like subatomic particles, utilizing quantum phenomena like entanglement, superposition, and interference. Qubits can represent ones and zeroes. But thanks to superposition, qubits are also able to represent multiple states at the same time, meaning they can make calculations much faster than traditional computers. That’s what helped Sycamore recently outperform a supercomputer.
But let’s stop here coz we might just bore you with terms we ourselves are also trying to learn and understand. But the idea is there, which is why it is of utmost importance to be well informed about data security and privacy.
Have your heard about AI (Articial Intelligence)? We’ll talk about the on our next article.