This past Wednesday, the Commerce Department issued an announcement that stated that all U.S. companies would be banned from attempting to export any quantum computing technologies to Chinese companies and labs. This decision attempts to stop the Chinese Communist Party from being able to try and decrypt any U.S. communications and data or take the information to develop new types of military technology.
A final rule was put forth by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) which tagged another 27 foreign entities and people to the “Entity List for engaging in activities that are contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.
The entities on this list are known to be in China, along with Japan, Pakistan and Singapore. One subject that is based out fo Russia was tagged for the Military End-User (MEU) list.
“Global trade and commerce should support peace, prosperity, and good-paying jobs, not national security risks,” stated Gina Raimondo, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, in a recently announced statement. “Today’s actions will help prevent the diversion of U.S. technologies to the PRC’s and Russia’s military advancement and activities of non-proliferation concern like Pakistan’s unsafeguarded nuclear activities or ballistic missile program. The Department of Commerce is committed to effectively using export controls to protect our national security.”
“Eight technology entities based in the PRC are being added to the list as part of the Department of Commerce’s efforts to prevent U.S. emerging technologies from being used for the PRC’s quantum computing efforts that support military applications, such as counter-stealth and counter-submarine applications, and the ability to break encryption or develop unbreakable encryption,” commented the Commerce Department. “These PRC-based technology entities support the military modernization of the People’s Liberation Army and/or acquire and attempt to acquire U.S. origin-items in support of military applications. Today’s action will also restrict exports to PRC producers of electronics that the support the People’s Liberation Army’s military modernization efforts.”
“Sixteen entities and individuals operating in PRC and Pakistan were added to the Entity List based on their contributions to Pakistan’s unsafeguarded nuclear activities or ballistic missile program,” stated the Department.
Back at the beginning of the month, IBM put forth the claim to have managed to come across a major advance in the field of quantum computing.
“IBM has unveiled an advanced “quantum” processor that is part of an effort to build super-fast computers,” stated a report from BBC News. “These machines could revolutionize computing, harnessing the strange world of quantum physics to solve problems beyond reach for even the most advanced ‘classical’ ones.”
“Quantum computing is a rapidly-emerging technology that harnesses the laws of quantum mechanics to solve problems too complex for classical computers,” stated IBM.
“Until now, we’ve relied on supercomputers to solve most problems. These are very large classical computers, often with thousands of classical CPU and GPU cores. However, supercomputers aren’t very good at solving certain types of problems, which seem easy at first glance. This is why we need quantum computers,” continued IBM.
“For over two decades, IBM has been pioneering the development of quantum computer systems to solve these sorts of problems in fundamentally news ways, making use of these two approaches,” continued the computing giant. “Quantum computers can create vast multidimensional spaces in which to represent these very large problems. Classical supercomputers cannot do this.”
“Algorithms that employ quantum wave interference are then used to find solutions in this space, and translate them back into forms we can use and understand,” concluded IBM.