ISRAEL - Quantum Apocalypse?

Arno Froese

Surprise: One of the largest revolutions that will remake our planet in the near future is a technology you may not have heard of.

In layman’s terms, computer scientists and other scientists are taking quantum mechanics, which the superhero Avengers famously used in the movie End Game to travel through time, in order to create a super computer that will make today’s fastest computers look like a typewriter.

Incidentally, in October 2019, Google declared that it had achieved “quantum supremacy.” But Bob Blakley, operating partner at the leading global venture group, Team8, explained that the quantum computer they achieved was an intermediate stage, still a good deal short of the game-changer stage. Amazon, IBM, Honeywell, IonQ, Cambridge Quantum Computing, Rigetti and others are also major players in the quantum race.

“Almost all of the technology which we cannot live without has been made in the West. This is because that is where people have freedom of thought and creativity.... The culture in the West has a major advantage over the competition,” said former IDF Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Ben Israel.

How does Israel fit into this much bigger game of the world’s greatest powers?

Ben Israel said, “Israel is very strong in quantum mechanics. Some of the biggest developments have come from Israeli researchers. [Israeli physicist specializing in quantum physics] Yakir Aharonov is in his 80s,” noting that US president Barack Obama gave him a medal in 2010.

“In the 1950s, Israelis were already working on quantum mechanics,” and now have two generations of students, he noted.

Despite Israel’s theoretical strength, its investment and expertise is uneven in some practical areas. To date, it has been mostly working on applications and software to hop on the bandwagon of quantum computers from the US and elsewhere, hooking up to them via the cloud. It only very recently started investing in aspects of its own quantum computing projects.

Ben Israel observed, “We need to invest more in quantum in the areas of academics, industry and technology—and in the future in quantum computers” themselves.

To be ready for all of this, Blakley gives a lecture with a seven-point plan of quantum readiness.

Pressed that it will be hard for companies to get ready for something that has not hit them yet and they do not yet fully understand, he said, “Sure, we did all of that for the Y2K problem over the course of a decade and we actually solved the problem.”

Some of the military implications for the US, Israel and the West could be far more serious than a seemingly innocuous wireless router. An August 2018 US Army report and a 2019 US Defense Department report both expressed concern about the military implications of ongoing Chinese technological advances.

The army said, “A global race has ensued to exploit and operationalize quantum technologies for the use of military effects. The race to conquer the quantum domain is among the most fiercely competitive in today’s world of technology.”

Founder and president of industry analyst firm Inside Quantum Technology Lawrence Gasman predicted, “Commercially, I see quantum technology leading to an entirely new cycle of highly secure networks. People are already talking about the quantum Internet replacing the original Internet.”, 29 January 2021

Arno's Commentary

We are only publishing small excerpts from the article to clearly show that technology and science have no borders. In this case, it’s mainly concerned with competition from Asia—in particular communist China. But we believe the reality is on a much higher level. It is an issue that transpires in the invisible world.

Here we are reminded of another war; it’s also global but goes much further, including all of the universe. The apostle Paul urges the believers to, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). Then he reveals the real battle that is going on in the invisible world: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (verse 12).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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