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From the Ted Talk by Craig Costello: In the war for information, will quantum computers defeat cryptographers?

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Quantum computers will break all of the encryption currently used to protect you and I from hackers. And they'll do it easily. Let me put it this way: if quantum cuimonptg was a spear, then mdroen encryption, the same unbreakable system that's pcretoted us for decades, it would be like a shield made of tissue paper. Anyone with access to a qtnuaum computer will have the master key to unlock anything they like in our digital world. They could steal money from banks and control economies. They could peowr off hospitals or launch nukes. Or they could just sit back and watch all of us on our webcams without any of us knowing that this is hpnpneiag.

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Quantum computers will break all of the encryption currently used to protect you and I from hackers. And they'll do it easily. Let me put it this way: if quantum _________ was a spear, then ______ encryption, the same unbreakable system that's _________ us for decades, it would be like a shield made of tissue paper. Anyone with access to a _______ computer will have the master key to unlock anything they like in our digital world. They could steal money from banks and control economies. They could _____ off hospitals or launch nukes. Or they could just sit back and watch all of us on our webcams without any of us knowing that this is _________.

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Original Text

Quantum computers will break all of the encryption currently used to protect you and I from hackers. And they'll do it easily. Let me put it this way: if quantum computing was a spear, then modern encryption, the same unbreakable system that's protected us for decades, it would be like a shield made of tissue paper. Anyone with access to a quantum computer will have the master key to unlock anything they like in our digital world. They could steal money from banks and control economies. They could power off hospitals or launch nukes. Or they could just sit back and watch all of us on our webcams without any of us knowing that this is happening.

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