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Quantum Computing Scientists Call for Ethical Guidelines

By The Wall Street Journal

February 1, 2021

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Six quantum computing experts are raising ethical issues about the technology's potential to create new weapons and ramp up human genetic manipulation.

The six are featured in a video released on YouTube and free online news source The Quantum Daily, designed to spur dialogue with other quantum computing industry leaders about the technology's ethical ramifications.

Ilyas Khan of Cambridge Quantum Computing said the technology could be abused to create harmful materials, or harmfully manipulate the human genome.

Experts are already preparing for the ethical challenges of quantum computing, which include its ability to crack widespread cryptographic measures.

The Quantum Daily's Matt Swayne plans to establish an expert advisory group to discuss quantum ethics; he said the video was a first step.

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