Quantum computers can generate random numbers that cannot be falsified – this could be useful for secure communications and cryptocurrency networks such as Ethereum.
According to the researchers, the process could be performed on the most advanced quantum systems such as Google’s Sycamore processor. It would be the first practical task that would not be possible without a quantum machine.
All methods to generate random numbers for secure communications are flawed. However, quantum computers such as Google’s Sycamore can produce random numbers that cannot be faked Alex Wilkins 18/03/2023
Alex Wilkins, 18 March 2023 Quantum computers like Google’s Sycamore can be used to create numbers that can be guaranteed to be random HANNAH BENET/Google Quantum can be used for creating truly random numbers that cannot be faked. This could prove useful for secure communications and cryptocurrency networks such as Ethereum.
According to the researchers, the process could be performed on the most advanced quantum systems such as and it would be possible to perform a practical task without a quantum machine. In cybersecurity, random numbers are used extensively.
Quantum computers are capable of running calculations that go beyond what any supercomputer can do. Quantum computers could revolutionize discovery of new materials, making it possible to model the behavior of matter at the atomic level. They could also crack invincible codes to improve security and cryptography. They may even be able to supercharge artificial intelligence through more efficient data mining.
Researchers are now close to creating quantum computers that can do things conventional computers cannot. This is after decades of slow progress. This milestone is sometimes referred to as “quantum supremacy”, although Google has led the charge towards this goal, while Intel (and Microsoft) also have significant quantum efforts. There are also well-funded startups like Rigetti Computing and IonQ.