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Will New COVID Vaccine Make You Transhuman? – The Vaccine …

Two years ago, in October 2018, Forbes contributor Neil Sahota, a United Nations artificial intelligence adviser and UC Irvine professor, warned that transhumanism is fast approachinglikely faster than you think.1 In the past few years, there has been considerable discussion around the idea we are slowly merging with our technology, that we are becoming transhuman, with updated abilities, including enhanced intelligence, strength, and awareness, Sahota writes.

The goal of the transhumanist movement, or Human 2.0, is to transcend biology into technology. Or, as Dr. Carrie Madej explains in the video above, to meld human biology with technology and artificial intelligence.

Two visible proponents of transhumanism are Ray Kurzweil (director of engineering at Google since 2012) and Elon Musk (founder of SpaceX, Tesla and Neuralink).

According to Madej, right now, today, we may be standing at the literal crossroads of transhumanism, thanks to the fast approaching release of one or more mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

Many of theCOVID-19 vaccines currently being fast-trackedare not conventional vaccines. Their design is aimed at manipulating your very biology, and therefore have the potential to alter the biology of the entire human race.

Conventional vaccines train your body to recognize and respond to the proteins of a particular virus by injecting a small amount of the actual viral protein into your body, thereby triggering an immune response and the development of antibodies.

This is not what happens with an mRNA vaccine. The theory behind these vaccines is that when you inject the mRNA into your cells, it will stimulate your cells to manufacture their own viral protein.2The mRNA COVID-19 vaccine will be the first of its kind. No mRNA vaccine has ever been licensed before. And, to add insult to injury, theyre forgoing all animal safety testing.

Madej reviews some of the background of certain individuals participating in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine, which include Moderna co-founder Derrick Rossi, a Harvard researcher who successfully reprogrammed stem cells using modified RNA, thus changing the function of the stem cells. Moderna was founded on this concept of being able to modify human biological function through genetic engineering, Madej says.

As mentioned, the mRNA vaccines are designed to instruct your cells to make the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, the glycoprotein that attaches to the ACE2 receptor of the cell. This is the first stage of the two-stage process viruses use to gain entry into cells.

The idea is that by creating the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, your immune system will mount a response to it and begin producing antibodies to the virus. However, as reported by The Vaccine Reaction, researchers have pointed out potential weaknesses:3

According to researchers at University of Pennsylvania and Duke University, mRNA vaccines have potential safety issues, including local and systemic inflammation and stimulation of auto-reactive antibodies and autoimmunity, as well as development of edema (swelling) and blood clots.4

Systemic inflammation, auto-reactive antibodies and autoimmune problems are not insignificant concerns. In fact, these are in large part why previous attempts to create a coronavirus vaccine have ALL failed.

Over the past 20 years, coronavirus vaccine research has been plagued by one consistent adverse outcome in particular, namely paradoxical immune enhancement. This is caused by the fact that coronaviruses produce two different types of antibodiesneutralizing antibodies5that fight the infection, and binding antibodies6(also known as nonneutralizing antibodies) that cannot prevent viral infection.

Incapable of preventing viral infection, binding antibodies can instead trigger paradoxical immune enhancement. What that means is that it looks good until you get the disease, and then it makes the disease far worse than it would have been otherwise. As detailed in myinterview with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., in one coronavirus vaccine trial using ferrets, all the vaccinated animals died when exposed to the actual virus.

According to Madej, animal studies have also found the type of mRNA technology introduced with this vaccine can increase the risk of cancer and mutagenesis (gene mutations).

Madej goes on to discuss how this mRNA vaccine is going to be administered. Rather than a conventional injection, the vaccine will be administered using a microneedle platform. Not only can it be mass produced quickly, but it can also be administered by anyone. Its as simple at attaching an adhesive bandage to your arm.

The adhesive side of the bandage has rows of tiny microneedles and a hydrogel base that contains luciferase enzyme and the vaccine itself. Because of their tiny size, the microneedles are said to be nearly painless when pressed into the skin.

The idea is that the microneedles will puncture the skin, delivering the modified synthetic RNA into the nucleus of your cells. RNA is essentially coding material that your body uses. In this case, as mentioned, the instructions are to produce the SARS-CoV-2 viral protein.

The problem with all of this, Madej notes, is that theyre using a process called transfection a process used to create genetically modified organisms. She points out that research has confirmedGMO foods are not as healthy as conventional unmodified foods. The question is, might we also become less healthy? Vaccine manufacturers have stated that this will not alter our DNA, our genome, Madej says.

I say that is not true. Because if we use this process to make a genetically modified organism, why would it not do the same thing to a human? I dont know why theyre saying that.

If you look at the definition of transfection, it will tell you that it can be a temporary change in the cell. And I think that is what the vaccine manufacturers are banking on.

Or, its a possibility for it to become stable, to be taken up into the genome, and to be so stable that it will start replicating when the genome replicates. Meaning it is now a permanent part of your genome. Thats a chance that were taking. It could be temporary, or it could be permanent.

Naturally, we wont find out the truth about whether the vaccine causes a temporary or permanent change for many years after the experimental vaccine is introduced, and thats an important piece of information.

Why? Because synthetic genes can be patented. So, if inserting a synthetic RNA ends up creating permanent changes in the genome, humans will contain patentable genes. What will that mean for us, seeing how patents have owners, and owners have patent rights?

Another part of the delivery system that raises its own set of questions is the use of the enzyme luciferase, which has bioluminescent qualities. While invisible under normal conditions, using a cellphone app or special device, you will be able to see a glowing vaccination mark.

As described in the journal RSC Advances7in 2015, luciferase gene-loaded quantum dots can efficiently deliver genes into cells. The abstract discusses their use as self-illuminating probes for hepatoma imaging, but the fact that quantum dots can deliver genetic material is interesting in itself.

The hydrogel, meanwhile, is a DARPA invention that involves nanotechnology and nanobots. This bioelectronic interface is part of how the vaccination mark will be able to connect to your smartphone, Madej says, providing information about blood sugar, heart rate and any number of other biological data.

It has the potential to see almost anything that goes on in your body, Madej says. This will have immediate ramifications for our privacy, yet no one has yet addressed where this information will be going. Who will collect and have access to all this data? Who will be responsible for protecting it? How will it be used?

Also, if your cellphone can receive information from your body, what information can your body receive from it, or other sources? Could transmissions affect our mood? Our behavior? Our physical function? Our thoughts or memories?

In his Forbes article,8Sahota quotes Kurzweils book The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, in which Kurzweil states:

The Singularity will represent the culmination of the merger of our biological thinking and existence with our technology, resulting in a world that is still human but that transcends our biological roots.

If Madej turns out to be correct, and the mRNA vaccine ushers in the ability to alter not only our genes but also opens the door for nanotechnology-driven interfacing between our bodies and programmable technology, arent we in fact stepping over the line into transhuman territory?

The Truthstream Media video above discusses the larger issues of transhumanism and the race to merge man with machine and artificial intelligence. There are even ongoing attempts to upload the human mind into the cloud, ultimately creating a form of digital hive mind where everyone communicates via Wi-Fi telepathy. This, despite the fact we still do not fully understand what the mind actually is, or where its located.

Another transhumanist that has recently brought us to a brand-new precipice is Elon Musk, with his latest venture, Neuralink, described in the video presentation given in late August, above. Neuralink is a transcranial implant that uses direct current stimulation. For now, the device is aimed at helping people with brain or spinal injuries.

Ultimately, the goal is to merge the human brain with computers. I have strong reservations about this. Theres tremendous room for unintended psychological and psychiatric consequences. In an interview that I did with psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin that has not yet been published, he discussed his concerns with this technology, saying:

Whats interesting to me is that while Musk is so brilliant, hes stupid about the brain. Thats probably because the neurosurgeons and psychiatrists he consults are stupid about the brain. I mean theyre just stupid.

He wants to put in multiple threadlike electrodes into the brain, into webs of neurons, and put in low voltage stimulation. This is insane. The brain cant tolerate this. He hopes to [be able to] communicate but theres not going to be any communication.

The brain isnt going to talk to these electrodes. Thats not how the brain works. The brain talks to itself. Its not going to talk to Elon Musk [or anyone else] and hes going to disrupt the brain talking to itself. Its a terrible thing to do.

I wish somebody who knows Elon Musk would say, You ought to talk to Peter Breggin. He says your consultants are stupid. Hes already planning to try to get FDA approval for some neurological disorders and thatll be the beginning of the onslaught.

Getting back to the mRNA vaccines, time will tell just how hazardous they end up being. Clearly, if the changes end up being permanent, the chance of long-term side effects is much greater than if they end up being temporary.

In a worst-case scenario, whatever changes occur could even be generational. The problem is these issues wont be readily apparent any time soon. In my view, this vaccine could easily turn into a global catastrophe the likes of which weve never experienced before.

We really should not be quick to dismiss the idea that these vaccines may cause permanent genetic changes, because we now have proof that even conventional vaccines have the ability to do that, and they dont involve the insertion of synthetic RNA.

After the H1N1 swine flu of 2009, the ASO3-adjuvanted swine flu vaccine Pandemrix (a fast-tracked vaccine used in Europe but not in the U.S. during 2009-2010) was causally linked9to childhood narcolepsy, which abruptly skyrocketed in several countries.10 11

Children and teens in Finland,12the U.K.13and Sweden14were among the hardest hit. Further analyses discerned a rise in narcolepsy among adults who received the vaccine as well, although the link wasnt as obvious as that in children and adolescents.15

A 2019 study16reported finding a novel association between Pandemrix-associated narcolepsy and the non-coding RNA gene GDNF-AS1a gene thought to regulate the production of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor or GDNF, a protein that plays an important role in neuronal survival.

They also confirmed a strong association between vaccine-induced narcolepsy and a certain haplotype, suggesting variation in genes related to immunity and neuronal survival may interact to increase the susceptibility to Pandemrix-induced narcolepsy in certain individuals.

In addition to that, theres the research17showing that the H1N1 swine flu vaccine was one of five inactivated vaccines that increased overall mortality, especially among girls. A swine flu article Iwrote 11 years ago, in 2009, turned out to have a rather prophetic warning at the end:

The swine flu vaccine has not been tested for safety or efficacy, but we DO know it will contain harmful additives. The choice, to me, is obvious. And in the future, anytime a new pandemic appears and officials urge you to rush out and get a shot, please remember this article and ask yourself if its really you who stands to benefit from their advice.

We can also learn from the swine flu fiasco of 1976, detailed in this 1979 60 Minutesepisode. Fearing a repeat of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the government propaganda machine cranked into action, 60 Minutessays, telling all Americans to get vaccinated.

According to 60 Minutes, 46 million Americans were vaccinated against the swine flu at that time. Over the next few years, thousands of Americans filed vaccine damage claims with the federal government.18As reported by Smithsonian Magazine in 2017:19

In the spring of 1976, it looked like that years flu was the real thing. Spoiler alert: it wasnt, and rushed response led to a medical debacle that hasnt gone away.

Some of the American publics hesitance to embrace vaccinesthe flu vaccine in particularcan be attributed to the long-lasting effects of a failed 1976 campaign to mass-vaccinate the public against a strain of the swine flu virus, writes Rebecca Kreston for Discover.

This government-led campaign was widely viewed as a debacle and put an irreparable dent in future public health initiative, as well as negatively influenced the publics perception of both the flu and the flu shot in this country.

A 1981 report by the U.S. General Accounting Office to Sen. John Durkin, D-N.H., reads, in part:20

Before the swine flu program there were comparatively few vaccine-related claims made against the Government. Since 1963, Public Health Service records showed that only 27 non-swine flu claims were filed.

However, as of December 31, 1979, we found that 3,839 claims and 988 lawsuits had been filed against the Government alleging injury, death, or other damage resulting from the 45 million swine flu immunizations given under the program.

A Justice official told us that as of October 2, 1980, 3,965 claims and 1,384 lawsuits had been filed. Of the 3,965 claims filed, the Justice official said 316 claims had been settled for about $12.3 million

The devastating side effects of the Pandemrix vaccine should be instructive. No one anticipated a flu vaccine to have genetic consequences, yet it did. Now theyre proposing injecting mRNA to make every single cell in your body produce the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

It seems outright foolish not to assume there will be significant consequences.

This article was reprinted with the authors permission. It was originally published on Dr. Mercolas website atwww.mercola.com.

References:

1 Forbes October 1, 2018.2 Horizon Magazine April 1, 2020.3 The Vaccine Reaction May 25, 2020.4 Nature Reviews Drug Discovery 2018; 17: 261-279.5 Science Direct Neutralizing Antibody.6 Science Direct Binding Antibody.7 RSC Advances 2015; 37.8 See Footnote 1.9 Eurosurveillance June 30, 2011; 16(26).10 European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control September 20, 2012.11 CIDRAP January 30, 2013.12 PLoS One. 2012;7(3):e33536.13 BMJ 2013;346:f794.14 See Footnote 9.15 See Footnote 11.16 EBioMedicine. 2019 Feb; 40: 595604.17 Science News DK December 27, 2019.18 GAO.gov, Report to US Senator Durkin, January 14, 1981 (PDF).19 Smithsonian Magazine February 6, 2017.20 See Footnote 18.

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Gene-editing, Moderna, and transhumanism | Christina Lin …

As gene-based mRNA vaccines from Moderna are being designed and tested at warp speeds to fight Covid-19, this is also bringing the debate over transhumanism into the forefront.

Transhumanism is a type of futurist philosophy aimed at transforming the human species by means of biotechnologies. Transhumanists see disease, aging and death as undesirable and unnecessary, and aim to transform human beings into post-human species with greater capacities than those of present human beings.

The philosophy is based on secular humanism and sees human nature as an evolutionary work-in-progress with room for improvement and enhancement. However, it is more radical in that it promotes not only traditional means of improving human nature such as education and cultural refinement, but also direct application of medicine and technology to overcome basic biological limits.

Transhumanists give special attention to genetic engineering, robotics, molecular nanotechnology and artificial intelligence, and the Covid-19 pandemic is providing gene-based vaccines a chance to break through into the global health market.

Moderna and gene-editing

Currently there are various companies such as Inovio, Moderna and CanSino Biologics that are testing mRNA and DNA vaccines to counter SARS coronavirus-2 (SARS CoV-2) which causes Covid-19, but Moderna is the front runner that recently nabbed $472 million from U.S. governments Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to develop the vaccine. This is in addition to the $483 million it had already received back in April, bringing its total funding to $955 million.

With U.S. government funding at nearly $1 billion for one company, Moderna may be too big to fail. However, this is perplexing for a company that has never produced a single vaccine. According to a CNN report, Moderna was only established in 2010, has never brought a product to market, nor gotten any of its nine or so vaccine candidates approved for use by the FDA.

However, it has been a long-term Pentagon contractor for biodefense, working closely with Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) on gene-editing and mRNA therapeutics. DARPA is focused on developing emerging disruptive technologies to maintain a competitive edge over adversaries, including many transhuman projects such as genetic engineering and soldier enhancement via robotics.

In the case of Moderna and mRNA therapeutics, DNA vaccines is considered a new paradigm that would disrupt the pharmaceutical industry. Its vision is to harness a new technology that synthesizes messenger RNA, or mRNAwhich is an instruction manual in every living cell for creating proteinto prompt the human body to make its own medicine.

So instead of injecting a piece of virus into a person to stimulate the immune system, the synthesized genes would be shot into the body whereby the genes are edited, deleted, added, to re-engineer human DNA to resist the disease. If successful, scientists hope DNA vaccines could be a transformative treatment for heart disease, metabolic and genetic diseases, kidney failure and even cancer. Moreover, it could be an effective form of biodefense to protect the population against biological warfare, which is also the mandate for DARPA and BARDA.

Transhumanism and hybrids

Indeed, DARPA is also developing other forms of human enhancement in addition to gene editing. Already scientists are merging robotics with the human body in brain-to-computer interface (BCI), wherein individuals with physical injuries can regain their functions, and soldiers become smarter and more powerful through the fusing of their brain with machines.

In a way, the Pentagon is now building real iron man similar to the American superhero based on the Marvel Comics character. Soldiers in exoskeleton suits are physically more powerful than those without, while other soldiers with bionic limbs perform better than adversaries with human limbs. When one adds artificial intelligence with BCI, the sky is the limit for an army of these genetically modified and robotically enhanced humanoids.

But U.S. is not the only country engaged in human enhancement and transhumanism, as Russia and China are also in hot pursuit with exoskeletons, vaccines and brain implants. As this competition gains traction, one wonders what the future of their militaries may look like as human beings are steadily integrated with machines to become armies of iron man.

Here the Book of Daniel may lend some insights. In interpreting King Nebuchadnezzars dream of an image with a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, and feet of iron and clay, Daniel revealed the parts as the sequence of world empires, with the feet of iron and clay being the last.

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In Daniel 2:43 it is written, as you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay, that seems to describe a hybrid of man (clay) mixed with machine (iron). And as transhumanism and biotech gain momentum, armies of hybrid humans of iron and clay may be a real possibility in a not too distant future world.

Dr. Christina Lin is a US-based foreign policy analyst specializing in China-Mediterranean relations. She has extensive US government experience working on national security issues and was a CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) research consultant for Jane's Information Group.

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13 Most Extreme Body Modifications – CBS News

Forked Tongue ioerror/Flickr Why have one tongue when you can have two? Traci Joy Burleigh (not shown here) is a 38-year-old professional piercer in San Francisco who says "tongue bifurcation" is typically done in a piercing shop under sterile conditions.

But Dr. Jon Perlman,a prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who has been practicing for 25 years and has turned down requests for procedures he found disturbing, says that the tongue "is a very functional part of the human body affecting speech and eating. I think anyone who wants this should undergo psychological evaluation to explain such a strong drive to stand-out from the norm, and I consider myself a fairly open minded individual."

But doctors say subdermal implants, like the ridges above his eyes, can be risky business. "Hopefully all of this is being done under the most sterile conditions," says Dr. David Bank, director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic, and Laser Surgery in New York. Anytime the skin is opened up, he tells CBS News, there is the potential for infection - and the risk is heightened when a permanent foreign object is introduced.

Of all of these procedures, doctors say the implants pose the greatest risk. Anytime a foreign object is placed in the body, infection is a real possibility.

As he wrote on his blog, "Admittedly it just looks like a growth/deformity and some strange spots, but I just love it".

Ophthalmologists don't love it as much. Last year, the State of Oklahoma made it illegal to color the sclera - the whites of the eyes - with strong support from the Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology.

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Brac University team wins Cambridge Intervarsity debate tournament – Dhaka Tribune

Sajid Asbat Khandaker and Sourodip Paul, students of Master of Science in Applied Economics at Brac University, clinched the championship title of Cambridge Intervarsity (IV) 2021 Courtesy

The team came out victorious from a total of 124 teams

A debating team from Brac University has recently become the first-ever Bangladeshi team to clinch the championship title of Cambridge Intervarsity (IV) 2021, one of the worlds most competitive and prestigious debate tournaments, organized by the Cambridge Union.

The Brac University team consisting of two students came out victorious from a total of 124 teams this year. Participating teams included teams from institution like Harvard University, the University of Oxford, London School of Economics, Cornell University, Princeton University and Imperial College London.

Sajid Asbat Khandaker and Sourodip Paul, students of Master of Science in Applied Economics at Brac University clinched this title in the finals on November 14.

The other three teams in the finals were Imperial College London (UK), McGill University (Canada) and Ateneo de Manila University (The Philippines).

Sajid Asbat Khandaker was also adjudged the best English-as-a-second-language (ESL) speaker and fourth best speaker overall. Sourodip Paul was the second best ESL speaker and eighth best speaker overall.

In the finals, the Brac University team opposed transhumanism, which is a movement that endorses the study and creation of technologies to modify the body to surpass natural limits of human abilities.

The debating format was of British parliamentary system where four teams participated, two representing the government and two representing the opposition.

The Brac University duo navigated through five qualification and three knockout (quarters, semis and finals) rounds. In these rounds, they encountered motions on different topics including Latin American geopolitics, European Union, healthcare policy and electoral politics.

The duo has been debating together since 2017 in tournaments across the world including in Mexico, South Africa, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Naturally it feels surreal to accomplish something that has never been done before - but we hope that this is only the beginning of many more ground breaking achievements to come, said Sajid Asbat Khandaker in his initial reaction.

I owe a lot of the skills and knowledge to this activity that always demands the best from the participants. It has helped me become a critical thinker. The activity has given me the confidence to be able to go up to a podium and give a great speech, said Sourodip Paul.

Sajid and I plan to participate in more global tournaments representing Brac University on the global stage, he added.

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What will England be like 900 years in the future? Paul Kingsnorth offers an answer – Telegraph.co.uk

When the apocalypse comes, popular literary imagination has it that what will remain of mankind will be a linguistically challenged tribe of outlaws eking out what existence they can amid the wreckage of ecological collapse. Such is the Riddley Walker-style scenario that begins Paul Kingsnorths new novel, the third in his loose trilogy set in East Anglia that imagines how man might respond to violent or alienating social upheaval at discrete points in English history.

The 2014 Booker-longlisted The Wake was set during the Norman Conquests, while 2016s novella Beast inhabited, Pincher Martin-style, the disintegrating consciousness of a 21st-century man living in haunted self-exile from the aggressions of modernity. Alexandria, meanwhile, takes place nine hunnerd years in the future where, its no surprise to be told, the breakin, buildin, burnin of man has left civilisation and the natural world in a bad way. The only people left alive are seven members of the Nitrian Order, who have rejected the old destructive materialism in favour of a back-to-nature way of life in the Fens in accordance with the paganish creeds of their deity, Lady.

Their fragile existence, though, is under threat. In the woods lurks the Stalker, a hooded, engineered metahuman emissary of Wayland, which, we are invited to assume, is an all-powerful AI invented long ago by man, and who controls a transhumanist utopia called Alexandria. Every other member of the human race has uploaded themselves to Alexandria, where they can keep growing, keep exploring in blissful, incorporeal perpetuity. Known as K, the Stalker is determined to persuade the last remaining Nitrians, as they pick plastic out of the clay and talk to the birds, that their faith in the truth of the body and the land, a faith that feels as old as England itself, is false and that salvation is only to be found in an eternal digital enlightenment. Yet the Nitrians, who consider Wayland the enemy machine, have received a sign. Their oldest member, yrvidian, has dreamt of swans. And when the swans return, Alexandria will fall.

Regular readers of Kingsnorth will know that the principal challenge and pleasure of his fiction is his use of invented first person narrative voices that point up the intimate relationship between language and selfhood, although his dialect is becoming more simple (and less invigorating) with each passing novel. His human characters here, who narrate alternate chapters and who consist of a married couple and their young daughter el, a lusty young chap called Lorenso, plus Mother, father and old yrvidian, speak in a minimalist, stumpy present tense that dispenses with articles and conventional capitalisation (we come to Land at dusk) and has an erratic dislike of the letter G. Their elemental language is a sort of rag-tag dream poetry littered with classical allusions, bits of Arthurian legend and echoes of early Christianity that hark back to a romanticised, fabled, ancient rural England, and some of it is mysteriously beautiful. outside Sun comin down, says mother. day is green like birth.

Some of it, though, is wincingly po-faced. Theres a lot of portentous talk of the i am woman. i am blood variety. More fundamental a problem is that Kingsnorths didactic message is in competition with his formidable imagination. Its hard not to see K who at times is oddly the most human character here, with an unexpected sense of humour as both an avatar of the encroaching hi-tech omnipotence Kingsnorth is writing against and a mouthpiece for his own beliefs, which he has detailed extensively as a member of the radical writerss eco collective Dark Mountain.

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Quantum Computing 2021: How will this Tech Fare in the Coming Months? – Analytics Insight

This year has been quite tumultuous for businesses as well as provided then with an opportunity to venture into uncertainty with the help of technology. Disruptive technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, cloud rose to the occasion to sustain industries amid the crisis. Thus bringing numerous innovations and leapfrogging existing digital age to new heights. In the meantime, quantum computing which was predicted as an emerging trend for 2020 had a fruitful year, thanks to significant advancements that took place during this time.

For instance, in February, quantum computing company, D-Wave Systems Inc., launched Leap-2, which is the first quantum cloud service designed for developers and organizations to easily build and deploy real-world hybrid quantum applications with practical impact. In March, researchers at theU.S. Army Research Laboratorycreated a quantum sensor to detect communications over the entire radio frequency spectrum.

In October, IonQ announced itsnext-generation quantum computer systemwith 32 qubits and an expected quantum volume greater than four million. Quantum volume is a measurement of the overall power of a quantum machine. Later in the same month, theAccredited Standards Committee (ASC X9)issued a new standard for public-key cryptography use of digital signatures.

And most recently, China developed a quantum computing system called Jiuzhang which is reported to be 10 billion times faster than Googles Sycamore.Using, Gaussian boson sampling, Jiuzhang had captured 76 photons and also achieved quantum supremacy. Overall, the latest advancements in quantum computing have been some serious steps towards making it a commercial and scientific reality.

While quantum computing continues to garner billions of dollars of investment across the globe, in the recent coming years, it may be available as a cloud service. Not only that, quantum computing may also become an integral part of data analytics too.

Meanwhile, IDC has predictedthat by 2023, 25% of Fortune 500 companies will gain a competitive advantage from quantum computing. Tech giant IBM plans to deliver a quantum computer with a 1,121-qubit processor (codenamed Condor), inside a 10-foot tall super-fridge that will be online and capable of delivering aQuantum Advantage, by 2023. The Goldeneye fridge is currently in prototype and is designed to be capable of hosting multiple chips. IBM hints that such super-fridges will ultimately be capable of stacking multiple chips providing millions of internally networked qubits.

Quantum advantage is the point where certain information processing tasks can be performed more efficiently or cost-effectively on a quantum computer, in comparison to a traditional system.

Bob Sutor, vice president of IBM Quantum Strategy and Ecosystem says, This year, a number of IBM Q Network organizations collaborated with us to make significant progress in quantum research for industry, including work with Mitsubishi Chemical on applying quantum computing to help develop lithium-oxygen batteries with greater energy density. ExxonMobil to harness quantum computing to develop more accurate chemistry simulation techniques in energy technologies. And Daimler to explore how quantum computing can advance the next generation of EV batteries.Sutor believes that by the following year,over 20,000 will complete online quantum computing technology and coding courses.

Even Steve Gibson, Chief Strategy Officer of Strangeworks, the quantum computing startup company, has announced that Strangeworks will launch its initial offering of the platform in the first quarter of 2021, and the enterprise edition is coming in late 2021.

In terms of key trends that will dominate the quantum computing landscape in the following, it is still early to predict with accuracy. Yet, one can undoubtedly expect major advancements like:

Experts also forecast that in 2021 programmers will concentrate on developing quantum-safe cryptography while cybersecurity will also benefit from quantum computing applications. The latter was also mentioned in CB Insights 2020 Tech Trends report. The report acknowledges howQuantum Key Distribution (QKD)will play as a cybersecurity tool, by securing organizations against quantum-based attacks.

Coming back to cryptography, it is likely that any of the current quantum computing labs or companies may announce that their system has broken the traditional asymmetric key cipher. While Jiuzhangs recent feat fueled rumors about the threat to cryptosystems, fortunately, the quantum computer prototype was unable to solve the factoring problem that is crucial to decoding encrypted information.

Whether, quantum systems will pose a threat or not, to existing blockchain or other cryptography technologies, it is better if companies are prepared for such possibilities. This is because while a traditional computer may take years to crack a weak password string, given the advanced processing capabilities of qubits, it can be a matter of some time, before the world has a public-key of security devices and softwares.

As mentioned earlier, IBM has announced its ambitious plan of building a 1,121-qubit computer (Condor) for 2023. But before that, IBM has projected to launch a 127-qubit computer (codenamed Eagle) in 2021 and a 433-qubit computer(codenamed Osprey) in 2022. These announcements stem from the tech giants target of doubling quantum volume each year.

Meanwhile, Rigetti also plans to seize the qubit count lead with a 4x32Q multichip Aspen module. At the same time, while Googles Sycamore has 53-qubit processing, Google has designed a roadmap of 102Q (logical qubit prototype), 103Q (one logical qubit) in the next coming months.

Therefore, one can expect a narrow heated competition among leading quantum computing companies aiming to attain qubit count lead in 2021.

It is one of the most discussed forecasts that artificial intelligence and quantum computing can benefit each other by enhancing others abilities.

As perFrank Feather, CEO at AI-FUTURE Inc, quantum computing will scale-up rapidly in 2021 and will start to transform Artificial Intelligence into truly Advanced Intelligence. He also adds that, Quantum plus Advanced Intelligence (or QAI) will start to congregate with BioGenetic Sciences to create super-intelligent humanoids (a BioDigi TransHuman Species) in future years.

Simultaneously, applications of artificial intelligence like machine learning, computer vision will be accelerated if run on quantum systems. This will mean faster analysis of data in sectors like fraud detection, drug compound discovery and more. It will also boost Generative AI by expanding the datasets used to train generative or machine, learning models.

For instance, by integrating quantum processing units into the traditional computing framework has the potential to boost the quality of the images generated in say, a facial recognition system. So if we depend upon, the expanded dataset comprising of vast image data (quantitative, qualitative and variety) can significantly improve the detection model.

While IBM and Rigetti employ superconducting qubits, quantum computing systems from Honeywell and IonQ rely on using ion-trap based qubits. With its 6Q H0 and 10Q H1 ((linear trap) processors, Honeywell is also leading the quantum race.

Trapped ion generally offer superior connectivity and higher gate fidelity advantages than its superconducting qubit counterpart. But the major issue with trapped ion systems is that they provide significantly slower gate speeds (typically x100-1000 slower) than superconducting qubits. Experts suggest offsetting this with longer qubit lifetimes and higher fidelities leading to less error correction overhead.

As trapped-ion based quantum computing vendors are accelerating the maturity of their stacks, they also need to address the challenges posed by the trapped ion concept too.

IonQ believes that by pairing Bacon-Shor-13 code with high fidelity physical qubits can be the answer and also help it achieve quantum advantage sooner than others.

Another problem associated with Trapped ion is scaling up. Fortunately, AQT has a solution to this: usage of qubits defined on optical transitions instead of hyperfine transitions which are used by Honeywell and IonQ.

So, in 2021, we can expect AQT joining the ranks of Honeywell and IonQ is trapped ion quantum approach, and at the same time can anticipate more systems based on this concept.

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