Did you hear the one about the quantum computer with the potential to explain & resolve almost everything, needs – 450⁰ to function and comes in at 10 million dollars?
All that and how it works is still a mystery!
Sound a little scary? Is it a new movie plot? Or is it the first step to a coup by the machines? Could it be a bit of all three? But the fact is that there only five of these machines with the anticipation of more to come. The predicted impact on every segment of humanity, including the life sciences, could be tremendous.
In the February 17th issue of TIME magazine, Lev Grossman, in his article, Quantum Leap, undertakes the daunting task of introducing and explaining these new machines to the every laymen. Grossman poses the possibilities for solving major issues, deciphers extreme problems and redesigns how we approach research, development and production of pharmaceuticals. These improvements may alter current techniques of curing the infections, viruses and other health challenges of today.
These quantum computers may allow for the enhancement of the process of quality by design, restructuring of clinical trials along with possible risk/benefit analysis of potential adverse events. The introduction of these computers might enhance the methodical course to enhance quality first by highlighting the risk/benefit of many more processes and procedures during development. Incorporation of this technology may bring to light possible quality concerns earlier.
So, what does the future hold with the increase use these seemingly amazing computers being incorporated in all major industries, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and all the life sciences? The possible immediate future is the increase of development and use of these quantum computers. The long term future, for a machine that we currently have not determined how it actually works, might be society, culturally and even life altering.