August 4, 2022
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Hello and welcome to Protocol Enterprise! Today: why the race to protect software against encryption-breaking quantum computing could backfire, more on the Biden administration’s plan to hobble China’s chipmakers and enterprise tech moves.
We may be just years away from a very sci-fi scenario turning into reality, with the arrival of ultra-powerful quantum computers that blow existing computing power out of the water.
But like with seemingly all new technology, quantum computing has a dark side: Such computers are expected to be able to obliterate existing methods of data encryption. (Whoops!)
It's inevitable that we'll see a large number of vulnerabilities unintentionally introduced as software and hardware get updated, according to Jonathan Katz, a cryptography expert at the University of Maryland.
Once technology vendors have done their part to implement the quantum-resistant algorithms, that's when the work for businesses will begin. And that will probably be the hardest part of all.
They created Digital People. Now they've made celebrities available as Digital Twins: Soul Machines co-founder and CEO Greg Cross and his co-founder Mark Sagar, Ph.D., FRSNZ are leading their Auckland and San Francisco-based teams to create AI-enabled Digital People to populate the internet, at first, and soon the metaverse.
One question that has come up in the wake of our reporting around the Biden administration’s plan to block the export of advanced chip design software to China: How effective will that — and other similar policies — be at blocking China’s tech development? Protocol got a chance to catch up with former Undersecretary of Commerce William Reinsch and discuss tech export restrictions past and present.
What has the U.S. approach to China and technology been in the past? Has it changed?
Historically, U.S. policy toward China technology was to keep them a generation or two behind. It was a rather simple idea because it did two things: It kept them behind, but by selling them older stuff it also kept them dependent on our technology, and reduced the incentive to develop things on their own.
It was a successful policy up until [recently], until China figured out that in the long run if your goal is to surpass Americans, trailing along behind them in perpetuity is not going to get you where you want to go.
What’s China’s goal now?
China’s goal is [advanced] technologies, and to create global champions that ultimately capture 80% market share.
To what extent are export controls on technology related to chips effective in curbing China’s advancement?
If you’re running a race, there are only two ways to win: You run faster or trip the other guy. This conversation is about the other guy, but the more important strategies are the running faster strategy. And that’s the Chips Act and all the innovation money and that stuff.
You can critique it or not, but the idea behind it is to sharpen America’s competitive edge and put us in a better position to compete with the Chinese. It’s basically related to our realization that the locus of competition is not going to be just in China, it’s going to be everywhere.
Cohesity tapped former VMware COO Sanjay Poonen as its new CEO and president.
CloudBees hired Anuj Kapur, a veteran of Cisco and SAP, as its new president and CEO.
Intel is nearing a deal with the Italian government to build a chip packaging plant in the northern region of the country (think truffle pasta), according to Reuters.
Microsoft is working on a Canva competitor that would up its game in the creative professional market, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reported.Cloudflare reported a 54% jump in revenue and raised its forecast for the rest of the year, which Wall Street loved.
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