Quantum computing still seems like the stuff of science fiction. It's not. It is a rapidly maturing technology that harnesses quantum mechanics to solve problems beyond what classical computers can handle. Whether that means cracking all current cryptography, directing millions of self-driving cars, or being able to really predict the weather, we don't know yet. What we do know is that it's going to require a new generation of computer experts. To help that generation find its way, the Linux Foundation and World Bank have launched a new free class, Fundamentals of Quantum Computing (LFQ101).
This course isn't for programmers or administrators. It's for the leaders and planners who need to understand how quantum computing will change the world. So it's appropriate for CIOs, CTOs, and anyone in charge of planning, designing, and developing 2020's and 2030's computing worlds.
This is not a deep course. It only takes about three hours to complete. But with it, you can pick up the fundamentals of quantum computing and gain a better understanding of and how it will disrupt today's technology. It covers where we are today with quantum computing and what we can expect from it tomorrow. It also dispels some of quantum computing's myths.
Clyde Seepersad, the Linux Foundation's SVP and general manager of training and certification, put it well. "We are on the cusp of another technological revolution as quantum computing technology matures and enables us to solve problems that are too computationally intensive for traditional computers. Now is the time to start teaching folks around the world about quantum computing in order to ensure that the policy implications are thought through and that the requisite talent pool is nurtured to support this technology as it grows."