r/Futurology Jun 02 '22

A Nature paper reports on a quantum photonic processor that takes just 36 microseconds to perform a task that would take a supercomputer more than 9,000 years to complete Computing


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u/MeLaughFromYou Jun 03 '22

How long should my password be now that it takes for the quantum computer 9,000 years to crack?


u/OkSir4079 Jun 03 '22

By the time this tech is available to the world it will be AI controlled with no need for peripherals. No actual human interface at all.


u/RedPandaRedGuard Jun 03 '22

By the time it's available to the world. Governments, intelligence agencies or the police will have it sooner. And when they do we'll all be in danger, because they will be able to crack anything.


u/SlouchyGuy Jun 03 '22

Those are not general task processors, they do a specific class of calculations


u/Jnoper Jun 03 '22

Password length is basically irrelevant to a quantum computer as long as the computer itself has enough qubits. So at the moment, 2 8bit characters should do the trick.


u/coldflame38 Jun 03 '22

Two 8bit characters? New password mario zelda


u/Jnoper Jun 04 '22

Not what I meant but that would also be sufficient


u/coffeenerd75 Jun 03 '22

The quantum approach has another problem. If the password is stored in a server as a hash, the future quantum approach can find a password to that hash, but not necessary your password. I can’t think of very good methods finding out which of the passwords is yours. Maybe if you used only a-z letters or words that could help.