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Quantum computing has shown promising evidence to speed up heuristic computations in an incredible manner. Thus, applying quantum computing within drugs and materials discovery, finance, autonomous vehicle applications, artificial intelligence and other areas makes sense.  However, the two main foreseeable drawbacks of this wonderful technology include the ability to crack many of the defenses used to secure the internet and other critical applications, and increased complexity which directly correlates with explainability. It becomes apparent that applications that are vulnerable to algorithmic bias (e.g., in the employment screening space, policing, etc.) may become even more so. In other words, quantum computing may have a magnifying negative side effect that could render such applications too risky to use absent special mitigating controls. The session will focus on discussing these two critical potential drawbacks, as well as laws, regulations and suggested frameworks that could be postulated to mitigate their effects.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Review of quantum computing and why it is subject to the main drawbacks (12 minutes)
  • The defense and cybersecurity concerns raised by quantum computing (12 minutes)
  • NIST’s work on a post-quantum cryptography standard (12 minutes)
  • The complexity, explainability and subsequent bias concerns (12 minutes)
  • Laws and regulations that could apply to quantum computing post-quantum cryptography (12 minutes)




Ronald J. Hedges

Dentons US LLP


Mechie Nkengla Ph.D.

Data Products LLC


Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds Consulting, LLC




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