A Quick Look at Quantum Computing as Explained in Simpler Terms

Quantum computing is the latest technological trend in computing that is enabling industry professionals to achieve astounding scientific breakthroughs. While quantum can be understood as the smallest unit of a physical property like matter or energy, its use in quantum computing is a bit difficult to grasp for ordinary folks.

After all, the field of quantum computing, mainly involves individuals who have broad understanding and experience with quantum mechanics, linear algebra and theories about probability, machine learning and information.

A Simple Explanation of Quantum Computing from Forbes

A Forbes 2017 magazine article written by Bernard Marr, a strategic business and tech advisor to companies and government, describes quantum computing in simpler terms. According to Marr, quantum computers use qubits, which is short for quantum bits, instead of the bits that traditional computers are using.

To describe the difference between qubits and bits, Marr explained that a bit can take position on any of the two poles of a sphere. A qubit on the other hand, can be at any point within a sphere. A sphere in computers is the programming architecture framework supporting storage of data collected for processing.

This denotes that quantum computers make use of qubits that have the ability to keep huge amounts of info and at the same time, use less energy compared to traditional computers. Through a quantum sphere, computing can open gateways for new processors that work much faster than the current models in use today.

Industries that Use Quantum Computing

At the time Marr wrote the article, governments and huge tech companies like IBM and Google were already investing in quantum computing technology. They already expected that the technology will transform the world, as quantum computing can solve various computer shortcomings, whilst allowing efficiencies initially considered as impossible to achieve.

Recently, the capabilities of quantum computing played a significant role in efforts to prevent coronavirus from spreading and in the development of vaccines to counter the virus. Quantum computing became the instrument for monitoring, analyzing and challenging data, regardless of the data source.

In recent developments, many in the financial and banking sector are now using quantum computing for fraud detection, managing credit risk, and high frequency trading.

Advancing Telehealth Adoption in Facing the Threats of the Coronavirus Age

Telehealth or telemedicine services and equipment, are among the advanced technologies now on track as new normals, in what is now touted as the Coronavirus Age. The frequency by which novel coronaviruses evolve and spread as contagious diseases have raised speculations that COVID-19 and similar viruses will perennially occur, even if vaccines and treatment are already in place.

In the meantime, as the world waits until biolabs and pharmaceutical companies achieve success in their respective medical mission, the availability of telehealth services is seen as another effective approach in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Telemedicine has been introduced years ago as solutions with which elderly and persons with disabilities can seek remote primary care and medical attention. While initially introducing wearable devices that can monitor the vital signs of a patient, telehealth services have since advanced with the development of other technologies. Outpatients can hook up with health care providers, hospitals and medical professionals, via teleconferencing platforms and use of digital medical equipment in remotely assessing symptoms.

However, remote medical consultations have not become mainstream because many prefer the conventional in-person clinical visits. Although sought only if it’s the only recourse to getting medical care and attention, many still prefer experiencing the assurance of human touch. In -person consultations allow a physician to tap on and listen to the vital organs in their patient’s chest, or feel a lump, or even just take their pulse.

Yet we now live in an environment where a stronger type of coronavirus can be transmitted by people and in places by a mere touch. Although it’s not the solution to the treatment of infected persons, telemedicine and its related technologies can help minimise the risks of exposing other patients, especially the vulnerable ones, to threats posed by the coronavirus.

The CARES Act Includes Support for the Widespread Adoption of Telehealth Care

Inasmuch as the cost of traditional health care is already hard to afford for many, the adoption of telehealth or telemedicine cannot be relied upon as a primary preventive response in combatting the spread of the contagion.

That is why the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a $200 million funding for use of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) in establishing and supporting a COVID-18 Telehealth Program. The initiatives of which should basically aim to give support to providers of telehealth care in both rural and non-rural areas. In line with the program, the FCC is set to introduce a subset of telehealth systems called “connected care services (CCS).”

Using strong broadband Internet connection and advanced technologies, the main objective of FCC’s connected care services is to deliver affordable remote medical care to patients outside of hospital and clinical facilities. The CCS providers will diagnose the symptoms of patients, while the data generated including images, will then be forwarded to a remotely located physician. The physician will in turn interpret the data as basis for making medical recommendations and issuing medical prescriptions.

Still, since medical practice is a highly regulated profession, all related facilities and technologies must also operate in accordance with the country’s health care laws.

Playstore and AppStore Take Down To Tok Messenger App in Light of Espionage Allegations

Google’s Playstore and Apple’s AppStore have taken down the To Tok Messenger social messaging app after reports from the New York Times (NYT) revealed indications that the messaging app is being used as a spy tool by the United Arabl Emirates (UAE).

According to the NYT, To Tok app publisher, Breej Holding Ltd, is directly affiliated with DarkMatter. The DarkMatter Group on the other hand, is an Abu Dhabi-based intelligence and hacking entity that is currently the subject of ongoing FBI investigation for alleged cyber-crimes.

Claiming that much of their information comes from American officials, NYT also reported that DarkMatter Group’s workforce comprise mostly of UAE intelligence officials, former employees of the U.S. National Security Agency, and former operatives of the Israeli Military Intelligence.

In the course of the NYT’s investigation of the To Tok messaging app, they also found that China’s leading telecommunications company Huawei carries an endorsement of the To Tok app in its app gallery. Huawei after all, has been blacklisted in the U.S.likewise for allegations of spying activities.

Google and Apple Report that Millions are Already Using the To Tok Messaging App

Both Google and Apple reported that To Tok easily became the most downloaded messaging app despite its being only a few months old. Google Playstore reported that the app has been downloaded and installed by around 5 million users of Android supported devices coming from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and