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The Future of Quantum Computing

Quantum computers represent a new way to process information. Might they be able to crack what are currently thought to be unbreakable codes and answer unanswerable questions? 

Quantum computing represents a paradigm shift in computing technology. Answers that lie beyond the reach of current ‘classical’ computers may soon be within our grasp. Quantum computers should offer the ability to process information in a way that allows us to model complex chemical processes, such as the way that drugs work in the body. What do they mean for storing and encrypting medical data, simulating the body and for AI? 

The Science Museum has joined forces with CompBioMed to assemble a panel of experts to explore the future of this incredible technology to mark the opening of its new exhibition, Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security.

Chaired by theoretical physicist and The Life Scientific presenter Jim Al-Khalili, the panel consists of: 

  • Ian Levy – Technical Director of the National Cyber Security Centre, which is part of GCHQ
  • Vivien Kendon – Reader in Computational Quantum Information Theory, Durham University
  • Peter Love – Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Tufts University
  • Peter Coveney – Professor and Director, Centre for Computational Science, University College London & Professor, Institute of Informatics, University of Amsterdam

Top Secret coincides with the 100th anniversary of GCHQ, the UK’s intelligence, security and cyber agency.

Read more on our blog: Quantum Computing: What, Who, How and When?