Educating about Quantum Computing is NOW a Necessity

Education Technology Insights | Tuesday, March 08, 2022

Local governments have a critical role in driving the development of quantum computers and implementing the necessary reforms in education systems that foster innovation in the domain.

FREMONT CA: Assuming that quantum computers will be used in the distant future, substantial changes will be required in education, supply chain, and government policies to enable humanity to use quantum computers to solve complicated problems. Several industry experts around the world present similar views pertaining to the feasibility of quantum computers.

Conventional computers store information in encoded strings of 0s and 1s, while quantum computers store information in encoded quantum bits with a value of 0, 1, or a superposition of both. Quantum computers store much more information than conventional machines and take lesser time to process. There exist limitations, such as instability and vulnerability to error, and they may hit a wall if they are not protected from radiation. Such machines are almost 15 years away, assuming they will efficiently work. Honeywell, IBM, Intel, Google, and Microsoft are also building qubits in various ways. The goal of these companies is to build fault-tolerant machines that can execute super fast calculations by modifying qubit behaviors and rectifying errors that are introduced. Experts also believe that education systems around the globe need to improve for people to leverage quantum processing and generate a breakthrough. The technology could be of immense benefit for industries such as finance and science.

Quantum computing's problem-solving systems remain much more superior than traditional computers, making it a prime choice of several technologists. If the technology is considered a matter of public interest and national needs, local governments must drive the change required to induce the advancements in the technology. Several existing policies, such as the CHIPS for America Act, and Europe's Chips Act, must also consider the infrastructure needed to develop these computers. Hence, it is evident that a collaborative effort by governments, technologists and policymakers is the primary requisite for ensuring the development of feasible quantum computers in the future.

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