How Quantum Computing Could Change the World

Virtually all data captured and stored today is protected by “factoring algorithms” – long strings of numbers divided by unique prime-number keys.  The science is simple…. it would take a traditional bits-and-bytes computer (even a “super-computer”) years to crack these numerical locks. But quantum computers might soon be able to crack those safes in fractions of a second, exposing all your data, the government’s data, heck everyone’s data for all the world to see.  This article does a nice job of simply explaining quantum computing and the types of applications it will likely dominate in the next decade or so (hint: lots of AI).