National Academies Explores the Technical Risks and Logistical Details of Quantum Computing

Dec 7, 2018

The National Academies recently hosted a webinar event to mark the release of its report on Quantum Computing. The Technical Assessment of the Feasibility and Implications of Quantum Computing provides an overview and evaluation of the feasibility and implications of creating a functional quantum computer capable of addressing real-world problems.

The report was developed by the National Academies’ Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), in conjunction with the Intelligence Community Studies Board. The report considers the following points, without providing any official recommendations:

  • What are the technical risks associated with developing a quantum computer, and what are realistic timelines to achieve a functionally useful machine?  Who are the primary players capable of producing and using a quantum computer?
  • What are the implications of having a quantum computer, for example on signals intelligence, communications, banking, and commerce?
  • What is the future of public key cryptography? What are the prospects and timescales for developing and deploying quantum-resistant encryption?
  • What are the costs and benefits from a national security perspective of quantum computing, under various assumptions of time, cost, non-US development, alternative technologies, etc.?

To view the report in full, click here: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/CSTB/CurrentProjects/CSTB_173986