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Issue 04/2019

Computing: getting ready for the quantum leap

Standards experts are already exploring the potential of quantum computing to accelerate digital transformation

Engineers and scientists around the world are racing to build quantum computing devices capable of achieving quantum supremacy, which is broadly defined as solving problems that today’s computers cannot. Quantum devices will eventually have processing power that overshadows anything that contemporary supercomputers can achieve. They are expected to bring massive benefits, such as accelerating medical research, making advances in artificial intelligence and perhaps even finding answers to climate change.

Issue 01/2019

Being prepared for quantum computing

Quantum computers threaten to break encryption, but moving to quantum cryptography now could safeguard data

One of the MIT’s best-known physicists, Seth Lloyd, uses a musical analogy to explain quantum computers. Classical computation, he says, is like a solo voice that produces a series of pure tones which form a single melody. Quantum computing is more like an orchestra, where many different instruments form individual melodies that compete and complement each other to form a symphony. Quantum computers are certainly music to the ears of scientists who predict that they will eventually be able to solve incredibly complex computational problems much faster than any technology we have today.

Issue 01/2019

Standards for key information technologies

For many today, smart technologies facilitate carrying out daily activities, business operations, the management of critical infrastructures and more

The Internet of Things (IoT), increased connectivity and advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, such as algorithms and machine learning are enabling industries to streamline processes, improve efficiency and reduce costs as they become more digitized.