Satya Nadella (CEO Microsoft) on quantum computing

The Indian Satya Nadella is the current CEO of Microsoft, the company founded by Bill Gates. Nadella was responsible for the company’s recent big changes, such as shifting efforts to the cloud (eg Office 365 is extremely powerful).

In the book “Hit Refresh”, he cites three disruptive technologies: mixed reality, artificial intelligence and quantum computing. No wonder Microsoft is investing heavily in all three areas.

Below are a few sentences about quantum computing.

Quantum computing will allow us to go beyond the limits of Moore’s Law — the observation that the number of transistors on a computer chip doubles every 2 years — changing the very physics of computing as we know it today.

A technology company that misses multiple trends like this will inevitably be left behind. At the same time, it’s dangerous to pursue untested future technologies and neglect the core of today’s business. It’s the classic innovator’s dilemma — risking existing success by pursuing new opportunities.

If building a quantum computer were easy, it would have already been done.

Instead of just 0 or 1 as in a classic bit, qubits can be in superposition, which allows for multiple simultaneous computations. In a properly constructed quantum algorithm, according to one of our scientists, there is a massive massacre in which all or many of the wrong answers are canceled out.

Problems that classic computers would take centuries to solve could be solved by quantum computers in a few minutes or hours. For example, current encryption levels. A computer currently would take 1 billion years to break RSA-2048, but a quantum computer would break it in less than 2 minutes. Fortunately, quantum computing will also revolutionize classical computing and cryptography, leading to even greater security.

Quantum computing is the holy grail of technology.

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Arnaldo Gunzi

Project Manager - Advanced Analytics, AI and Quantum Computing. Sensei of Analytics.