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As China Leads Quantum Computing Race, U.S. Spies Plan for a World with Fewer Secrets

Dec 25, 2020 - Newsweek

Will we wake up one day and find that China has been reading our mail? Losing our technological edge could have major security implications for the U.S.

Back in 1994, when quantum computers existed only as so much chalk on a blackboard, mathematician Peter Shor invented what may soon prove to be their killer app.

Shor trained his efforts on a calculation called "factoring," which ordinarily nobody but a mathematician would care about, except it just happens to be an Achilles heel of ...