Robert Redford film foretold Shor’s quantum computing bombshell
By Tom Siegfried, 12:15 PM April 10, 2014
First of two parts
Long before scientists were talking much about it, Robert Redford fans learned about the power of quantum computers.
It was 1992. A goofy movie called Sneakers warned about the dangers of computers and the massive amounts of encrypted information they controlled. Redford and cohorts acquired a small box, disguised as an answering machine, that was able to decode all the computerized classified data in the world.
“Cryptography systems are based on mathematical problems so compl...
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