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U.S. Federal Government Considers Regulation of Quantum Computers

IBM gave a presentation this month to a federal advisory committee that is deciding when quantum technology could be considered ready for government regulation. While the computers are still in the early prototype stage, it is widely believed that if large-scale quantum computers could be built, they could solve problems faster than present computers. This potential has led federal regulators to consider controls, similar to strict regulations that were put in place during the 1990s on the export of technology. Quantum computers and their processing power have the ability to assist projects in multiple fields by allowing researchers and scientists to investigate a range of applications.

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