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$1 Billion Question: What Relevant Problems Quantum Can Solve Today?

Mike Hayduk and Dr. Zaira Nazario discuss the future of communication, time, and networking in a quantum-enabled defense program.

Capital Factory
3 min readMar 31, 2021


What you’ll find out

  • What are the perspectives from thought leaders at Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) and IBM on one of the most transformative technologies that we have seen in decades?
  • What is the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) and IBM doing to accelerate developments and applications in the quantum field?
  • Where does the Department of Defense see quantum applications having the most impact?

Key takeaways

  • “We see [several] main categories of problems where quantum computing should have a big impact. Quantum walks, that’s one. We have quantum simulations and algebraic problems, quantum simulations. And because you’re essentially using nature’s law to simulate nature itself, these are problems in physics, in material science, and chemistry.” — Dr. Zaira Nazario, IBM
  • “How can we reach small businesses, nontraditional partners, international partners, and really develop foundational technologies, push that technology along and really bring in the best of all worlds?” — Mike Hayduk, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • “We see [the future] as solutions enabled by quantum, the union of quantum and classical operations in non-trivial ways whereby trading off quantum for classical resources and vice-a-versa, you can expand what you can do with the resources that you have at your disposal.” — Dr. Zaira Nazario, IBM
  • “We now have IBM quantum for educators that provides teachers and faculty the ability to reserve priority access to systems for use in class or for coursework problems. So it makes them part of a network of colleagues as well. It gives them the support that they need to bring the highest quality of educational experience to their students.” — Dr. Zaira Nazario, IBM

Who you’ll hear from

Dr. Zaira Nazario, Quantum Applications and Theory Technical Lead, IBM

Dr. Zaira Nazario with IBM and Michael Hayduk with the U.S. Air Force Research Lab Information Directorate discusses today’s problems that quantum computing can solve.

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