Spare yourself the trouble and delay learning anything about quantum computing until 2020 eoy unless you are working on:
- a problem that is not solvable in reasonable time with current computers (e.g. building deep artificial neural networks with millions of layers or simulating molecular interactions). Such problems are common and almost all Fortune 500 companies could benefit from quantum computers
- Cryptography, or at an intelligence agency or need to transmit nation or mega corporation level secrets
- quantum computing (sorry had to be MECE)
If you are in one of these fields, quantum computing has the possibility to transform your field in a few years. If not, check back in 2020 eoy, technology may have progressed to the point that others may also need to learn about quantum computing.
As non-technical corporate leader, what should I do about quantum computing?
If you are working on cryptography, or at an intelligence agency or need to transmit nation or mega corporation level secrets, stop relying on cryptographic methods that rely on factoring large integers. There are already quantum-ready alternatives as we discuss in the use cases section.