Quantum computing to tackle big data

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While big data tools have improved considerably, they still have a ways to go before anyone can call the task mastered. But it may be that we need to change how we compute rather than just continuing to tweak big data tools. According to scientists at the International Conference for Quantum Technologies in Moscow this week, quantum computing is ideal for big data tasks.

According to a Business Insider Australia report, the conference's support for quantum computing in big data tasks comes from an appreciation for the computers' superiority at optimization--a process of finding the best possible answer from a huge set of potential answers.

Quantum computers excel at this because of their ability to parallel process many different approaches to the same problem simultaneously. If you want to know more about unique capabilities found in quantum computing, check out the article titled "9 Facts About Quantum Computing That Will Melt Your Mind" in Business Insider Australia or watch the YouTube video by futurist Christopher Barnatt.

Professor Vladimir Shalaev of Purdue University spoke at the conference in Moscow and added a interesting tidbit of information on the scale of an average individual's data. He said that by 2007, the average person had 44.5 gigabytes of data pertaining to their digital lives.

Shalaev says that's an 8,800 percent increase over the last 21 years, but still that's not a lot if you were just storing the data on a single individual on any modern computer. But, when you are a cloud company storing data on millions of individuals, both the amount that exists today and the foreseeable growth are overwhelming. Hence the need for new computers to keep up.

I agree with the findings that quantum computing is likely the best thing to happen to big data. I have been covering quantum computing for years. Indeed, I was reporting on it when it was "nothing more than a novelty." But today I would go a step further and say that big data will change quantum computing as we know it too. In other words, the two, big data and quantum computing, will feed on one another.

These are interesting times and the explosion in advancements of all kinds will truly be a marvel to behold. 

For more:
- see the International Conference for Quantum Technologies in Moscow website
- see the "9 Facts About Quantum Computing That Will Melt Your Mind" article
- see the Business Insider Australia article on Professor Shalaev
- see the YouTube video by futurist Christopher Barnatt

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