Quantum Computing In the Beginning

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In the beginning

I’m an author. I have two e-novels published, the first “Letting Go” the second “Freedoms Banshee.”

At the heart of these novels are five main elements to the plots, political corruption, big oil, fusion energy, conspiracy, and high tech computer gadgetry.

The most exciting of those elements are: ‘Hot Nuclear Fusion Energy’ and ‘computer gadgetry.’

Hot Nuclear Fusion Energy is my passion. We are close, very close, to unlimited cheap clean energy, but for various reasons (That you can see at my home page www.ortexgraves.com), we probably will not see it for another thirty years. When we do get it, it will change the whole geo-political/energy lay out of the world. It will be astounding!

The other exciting element, computer gadgetry, is NOW.

By education, I am an electronics engineer. I have a bachelors degree in EE.

There was a time in my life when I built and set up table top PC’s. I watched with the world the whole evolution of cpu’s go from 286 to 486 to Pentium, etc, to where it is today.

Progress in digital technology is happening at a geometric rate. The ipad or iphone you buy today is obsolete before it gets out of manufacturing. What you buy today has already been replaced by newer technology just leaving the design table.

One of the plot elements in my novels is the ability of someone to break into a bank’s computing systems and monkey around with the accounts. That is, add, and delete accounts, change balances, move money, transfer between banks, all without being detected, totally transparent.

Is any of that possible, probable, imaginable, even conceivable?

My research into quantum computing is eye opening to say the least.

In the beginning, one of the most interesting things I did in my research is watch a couple of Youtube videos.

I strongly urge you to watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fArXhQBLDWE#t=14

It isn’t important that you understand the jargon, technological terms and so forth, It is important that you notice the dates that are involved. It’s important that you notice the goals in increased computing power. It is important that you understand and know that quantum computing is real and exists today.

Another Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JayLtjikrpw.

Here, the discussion is about the fact that a working machine has been developed and there are several customers out there that have them. It is important that you hear the names of the customers that have a quantum computer. Then it is important for you to imagine what other customers might have them.

It is interesting to note who some of the investors are in this technology, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), Goldman SAKS (Banking, Investment Banking) Google has one, NSA has one. The CIA probably has one also. (At least it should)

Contemplating quantum computing and what it means to you is kind of like sex for the first time, exciting and scary! (not rape or any of that)

Quantum computing is in its infancy. What will it be like when it matures? Go to Youtube and search on “Quantum computing.” You will get a long list of articles on the subject.

Some questions I have are: “With a growing list of people and organizations doing research into developing quantum computing, what do you think the possibility is of that amount of computing power falling into the wrong hands?” “How could quantum computing be abused?”

NSA has been in the news of late. Among other things, it appears they have a large data center in Utah somewhere. (Google dark computing center in Utah.) Apparently it uses a lot of water. Just the simple process of cooling a data center could require access to a lot of water. If that were a data center where quantum computers were housed and operated, it would be easy to imagine how the demand for water would go way up.

Note: Some people argue that Quantum computers are not the most powerful. The common standard or metric for measuring speed in a standard computer is the term FLOPS. (Floating Point Operations Per Second). In today’s conventional computers, the most powerful ones, the fastest ones, are way into the peta-flop region. (quadrillion, or 1000 terra.) In June of 2013, China said it had a computer working at 33.86 peta-flops. Given the speed at which computing technology changes, that is really old data.

It would be a mistake to measure Quantum computers by conventional computer standards.

With quantum computers, it is how long does it take to solve a given hard problem. An analogy would be something along the lines of: ‘The fastest conventional super computer would take a week to solve a problem, a quantum computer would take minutes.’ One statement claims that a Quantum computer can solve a problem with over a hundred variables with one tic of the clock.

So, is it possible to move money around a bank without the bank even knowing? Not such a far fetched question anymore, is it?!

If Quantum computers are not technically running in the peta-flops region now, it will be just a matter time before it is scaled up to that speed. Then what?

To me that argument is kind of like what Bell experienced when he invented the first telephone, “Hey Bell, who are you going to call?”

FYI: There is a recent movie out called ‘Transcendence’ with Johnny Depp. It is pretty good if you are of the technological persuasion. It explores the question of quantum computing abuse.




O.R. "Tex" Graves
Tex Graves earned a Bachelor’s Degree in electronic engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology Chicago Campus, graduating first in his class in 1974. Prior to that, he served as a Radio Intercept Operator for four years in the United States Air Force Security Service. His duties during his enlistment included monitoring the Chinese as well as the Communist Bloc countries of Europe. As a result of this extensive experience, Tex has always been a techie with a professed lifelong interest in thermonuclear physics, specifically as it applies to sustained nuclear hot fusion. Tex currently lives on a homestead he calls Buzzard’s Roost in the Texas Hill Country with his wife Annie, and cat Pumpkin, who answers more readily to the name Piss-Ant.

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