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Humanity is at the doorstep of a new technological revolution, which is set to change the world – the way the invention of writing and paper did in the past. Global powers have already entered a new technology race, with Russia making it a point not to miss the chance to be leading the charge. The consensus is that the country that will master quantum technologies first will gain a substantial edge over other nations in a variety of industries.
In the mid 1980s, Russia largely missed out on the opportunity to shift to the fifth technological paradigm, which relied on the cutting edge digital and biotechnologies. As a result, the leadership passed on to the US and international hi-tech majors, with Russia's knowledge-based industries suffering a severe slump.
Russia's greatest challenge today is to make it to the cohort of countries that have transitioned to the sixth technological paradigm.
In the decade to come, Russia should be focusing on the development of breakthrough technologies, including computing of the future.
The sizeable government and private investments pouring into the development of quantum technologies confirm their strategic relevance.
Quantum computers are expected to relegate the most powerful of binary systems to the status of outdated machines.
Ruslan Yunusov, CEO at the Russian Quantum Center, believes that Russia is well-positioned to start the fight for technological supremacy.