So, what is quantum computing? Well, for dummies, it uses advanced concepts in the field of quantum physics to make fast computers. In a more technical sense, it is a branch of computing that focuses on building computer technology based on quantum theory's concepts (which explain the behavior of energy and material on the atomic and subatomic levels). Some problems, specifically in the scientific field, require so much computing power that regular computers just will not do, and this is where quantum computers come in. 

You might ask yourself too, what are the practical applications of quantum computing? Well, this blog explores just that! The actual list of practical applications is longer than this, but for this blog's sake, we will only talk about three impactful and relevant ones. 

  1. Starting with one of the most challenging problems in quantum computing applications, which is designing and developing drugs. Usually, drugs developed are tested by trial and error. Advances in the field of quantum computing might drastically improve efficiency by allowing corporations to conduct more drug discoveries to identify new medical treatments for the pharmaceutical sector by simulating drug effects on humans.
  2. Weather predictions. Typically, computers take longer to analyze meteorological conditions than weather changes. However, a quantum computer's ability to crunch large amounts of data quickly could lead to improved weather system modeling, allowing scientists to predict changing weather patterns in real-time and with high accuracy — something critical at a time when the world is experiencing climate change.
  3. Finally, in this day and age of digital workspace and setups, security is imperative for anyone. Quantum computing, along with machine learning, can aid in developing various strategies to tackle these cyber threats to the security that everyone is aiming for. Quantum computing can also aid in developing encryption systems, commonly known as quantum cryptography.

Just by seeing the scope of these applications, we can see the versatility and range of uses quantum computers offer. From the sheer number of positive impacts of designing drugs to predicting weather patterns and ensuring security in cyberspace, we can confidently say that humans benefit from them. You could already be enjoying the rewards these computers give; that tablet of cough medicine, that new password system, or maybe those storm path predictions.

It is not far from the truth if we say there is no way to go, but up for the applications quantum computers could have for our species as a whole and individually.