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The fundamental nature of computing is changing. Next week, we’ll be exploring how at our Future Compute event. #FutureCompute 

In the meantime, we’ve compiled this reading list for you. This Twitter thread is meant to help you understand how these seismic shifts in computing will affect every industry on the planet. #FutureCompute

The 800-pound gorilla in the room right now is quantum computing. Here’s why @sundarpichai thinks it could be as important for @Google as artificial intelligence. #FutureCompute 

Want to learn more about quantum? @martingiles wrote three explainers about the technology. This one will provide you with a good base for understanding why a quantum computer is so powerful, and where it’s likely to be most useful first. #FutureCompute 

This second explainer will teach you about the technology that could form the basis of the quantum internet. #FutureCompute 

This third explainer will teach you about the threat quantum computers pose to cryptographic defenses—and what that means for the future of withstanding attacks mounted by hackers. #FutureCompute 

Besides quantum, there’s a lot more to talk about with the future of computing. 👇 #FutureCompute

The artificial intelligence revolution may already be here. But the next AI explosion will be defined by the hardware we build for it. #FutureCompute 

We’ve already glimpsed into that future with this monster AI chip (it’s larger than an iPad and has 1.2 trillion transistors for making calculations). #FutureCompute 

And you could say there’s an ongoing arms race between China and the US to build specialized AI chips. China’s got a head start, which could have geopolitical implications. #FutureCompute 

Speaking of the US military, a new DARPA research program is developing a brain-computer interface that doesn’t require surgery. There are a host of ethical, legal, and social questions raised by noninvasive BCI. #FutureCompute 

But the technology is already improving the lives of civilians. #FutureCompute 

Before we go, we want to share a gripping read about BCIs, artificial intelligence, and computing. It’s a futuristic fiction story that won the 2019 Science Fiction Writing Contest run by the Army Mad Scientist Laboratory. 

Look out later this week for a poll that asks whether Moore’s Law is dead. #FutureCompute

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