By Jeff Brown, editor, Early Stage Trader
Years from now, we may look back on September 20, 2019 as the most consequential date in the history of all technology…
That may be surprising. For most people, September 20 likely passed by like any other day.
But on that date, “it” happened.
The world learned that we had achieved “quantum supremacy.”
That’s the point at which a quantum computer can outperform the most powerful classical supercomputer on Earth.
Everything will change now.
Today, I want to show you what you can expect in a world of quantum supremacy.
And for investors, I’m going to reveal one technology sector that could accelerate dramatically in the years ahead.
The Age of Quantum Supremacy
So, what precisely happened on September 20, 2019?
The Financial Times leaked a quantum computing research report from Google that had been posted on NASA’s website. Hours later, the report was taken down and disappeared. We don’t know who ordered it to be pulled. But the details of the report were later confirmed and made public.
Now, we don’t need to worry about a full explanation of what a quantum computer is. Just know that, for normal computing, each transistor has two states: 0 and 1. The manipulation of these two states is what makes computers work.
Well, quantum particles used in a quantum computer are similar, except they have many states, not just two.
What is important to know is how much more powerful a quantum computer is compared to a classical supercomputer.
The report I mentioned above detailed tests that Google ran on its 53-qubit quantum computer. In those tests, it gave the quantum computer a task that would take the world’s most powerful supercomputer, Summit, 10,000 years to complete.
The quantum computer finished in three minutes and 20 seconds…
Beyond amazing. A 10,000-year task made trivial by one computer.
That means we have crossed the point of no return. The quantum age has arrived. And the implications are immense…
Living in a Quantum Age
Let’s start with the positive news.
Quantum computing is so powerful that it will enable us to solve many problems that we can’t solve today, even with our best supercomputers.
I’m talking about things like weather predictions, molecular analysis, genetic analysis, cosmology… Quantum computing will be a supercharger for the artificial intelligence (AI) we need to tackle each of these things.
One technology that I’m particularly excited about is nuclear fusion. Nuclear fusion is the power of the sun here on earth. And unlike nuclear fission, fusion could produce abundant energy with no radioactive byproducts. But there are thousands of variables that need to be analyzed, optimized, and controlled in real time to make that happen.
And that is exactly where AI, powered by quantum computing, comes into the picture. Solving complex challenges like this simply isn’t possible with current computing technologies.
But remember, quantum computing is a game-changer. A quantum computer could analyze all the variables in real time. It could then adjust the parameters to maintain the fusion reaction and keep it stable.
Imagine a world with abundant, cheap, clean energy from nuclear fusion. The consequences would be profound. And thanks to quantum computing-powered AI, I believe we will see net power generation from a nuclear fusion reactor within five years.
So yes, quantum computing could benefit humanity. But there’s another, darker side to the world of quantum supremacy…
Cracking “Military Grade” Encryption
When people refer to military-grade encryption, it’s called 256-bit encryption. That’s the standard for security and encryption technology. Governments, corporations, and militaries use this encryption to protect their sensitive data.
But going up against a quantum computer, 256-bit encryption doesn’t stand a chance. I estimate the 53-qubit quantum computer from Google could crack this encryption in less than two days.
But keep in mind, this is still an early quantum computer. It’s like the “training wheels” version of a quantum computer. But in 2020, I predict we will see our first 256-qubit quantum computer.
And the moment you have 256-qubits, you can crack military-grade encryption software in milliseconds. It’s over.
Imagine a world where governments and corporations cannot secure their sensitive data. What will happen when quantum computers can crack military grade encryption in seconds? It would be chaos.
Now, fortunately, I don’t predict this will be a near-future event. Only a handful of players – like Google – have access to quantum computers. So, don’t expect to hear about a hack perpetrated by a quantum computer in 2020.
But what I can tell you is that the cybersecurity industry is scrambling. We will soon have a massive problem on our hands. And we haven’t figured out how to solve it. Like I said, everything changes in the age of quantum supremacy.
But for investors, this does present an interesting opportunity…
Cybersecurity for enterprises is already changing from an asset that is “nice to have” to something that is a “must-have.” This will only accelerate now that quantum computing technology is advancing.
As you can imagine, the cybersecurity company that figures out how to make quantum-resistant encryption software would be an excellent investment target. Serious investors should keep a close eye on bleeding edge cybersecurity companies addressing this problem.
And I’m actively looking for cybersecurity firms that can fight this threat of quantum computing advancements. And once I find them, my readers will be the first to know.
But by simply knowing about quantum computing – and what it means for the world – we’re already ahead of 99% of the population.
We’ve reached the age of quantum supremacy. Everything changes from here.
Editor, Early Stage Trader
P.S. 2020 will be such an exciting year in the world of technology. Hundreds of millions of 5G devices will be shipped. Artificial intelligence is progressing faster than many predicted. And genetic-editing technology promises to cure thousands of diseases.
There has literally never been a better time to be a tech investor.
But there is one sector of the tech market that goes overlooked. I’d say 99% of investors never know these stocks exist. But thanks to a mandate from a powerful government agency, these stocks have a preset “timer” attached to their share price.
And when that timer hits zero, the stock can explode hundreds of percent in days or even hours.
I call them “timed stocks.”
What are “timed stocks”? And how can you pinpoint them? I revealed everything last Wednesday during a special presentation. But this video is coming down soon. So go here to watch it, before it’s too late.