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Should You Care About Quantum Computing?
InfoWorld, February 9th, 2021
The answer is often not what people want to hear. Here's where quantum computing fits in the world of cloud computing, and perhaps in your business

"You can google any number of confusing definitions of quantum computing," notes David Linthicum in InfoWorld. "Simply put, quantum computers are machines that leverage the attributes of quantum physics to store data and perform computations. Clear as mud.

The best way to understand the value of quantum computing-or lack thereof-is to understand the use case. Quantum computing can be advantageous for certain tasks where it can vastly outperform even supercomputers. It is typically associated with the following use cases: cybersecurity, pharmaceutical development, financial modeling, improving batteries, cleaner fertilizer, traffic optimization, weather forecasting, climate change, artificial intelligence, solar capture, and electronic materials discovery..."

5 Tech Trends For 2021
GCN, February 12th, 2021
The pandemic forced government agencies to adapt rapidly

Mike Shrader writes in GCN, "During the past 12 months, government IT teams have been busy enabling remote work, implementing cloud migration and digital transformation projects and securing an ever-expanding perimeter. Yet while 2020 ushered in significant change from a federal IT perspective, it's merely the beginning.

Mega-trends like elastic cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence and the internet of things were converging with dramatic effect before the pandemic accelerated adoption. The forced mass shift to remote work simply sped up a transformation that was already underway, making many new technologies non-negotiable. As a result, the shifts that started in 2020 will snowball in 2021 and beyond. Here are five tech trends that all federal IT pros should have on their radar..."

While quantum computing is seen by most as futuristic, not quite out of the research lab, German automaker BMW is putting quantum computing into practice, one of the first real world uses of the technology

"BMW is using a Honeywell quantum computer to find more efficient ways to purchase the many components that go into its vehicles," reports John P. Desmond in AiTHORITY.

"Honeywell recently made its quantum computers available as a service, through the use of Honeywell Quantum Credits, representing the size of a quantum computational job run on the system. The number of HQCs required to run a given computation is determined by a formula that considers the number of single- and two-qubit gates, measurement operations, and shots (circuit repetitions), according to Honeywell..."

InfoWorld celebrates the year's best products in software development, cloud computing, data analytics, and machine learning

James R. Borck, Martin Heller, Steven Nunez, Andrew C. Oliver, Ian Pointer, Isaac Sacolick and Serdar Yegulalp writes in InfoWorld, "What a long strange year it's been. We barely got started on 2020 before the offices closed and we all learned a new acronym, WFH. We also learned that, freed of the daily commute and cut off from the office Kegerator, software developers worked even longer hours. Technology marched on - and we're here to celebrate it.

InfoWorld's 2021 Technology of the Year Award winners represent the best that a world of homebound software developers have to offer - to other developers, to data scientists, to IT shops, and to the companies they all serve. Among our 23 winners you'll find dev and devops tools, machine learning tools, automation tools, state-of-the-art databases, and cutting-edge analytics platforms.

And in a nod to these unusual times, we include a few standout communications and collaboration tools that make it far, far easier to WFH..."

Milestone experiment paves the way for verifying quantum solutions for significant industry applications

"CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique / The French National Center for Scientific Research) announced that scientists from CNRS, the University of Edinburgh, and QC Ware have successfully demonstrated that a quantum machine using a new quantum algorithm can verify quantum advantage in seconds, while a classical computer can take thousands of years to perform the same task...' - AiTHORITY

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