Washington State University Math Learning Center's Nathan Hamlin has written a paper for the "Open Journal of Discrete Mathematics" discussing how his Generalized Knapsack Code could be used to stop hackers using "next generation quantum computers," ScienceBlog.com reports. The paper looks to clear up confusion about "the complex field of public key cryptography and provides a common basis of understanding for the technical experts who will eventually be tasked with designing new internet security systems for the quantum computing age," the report states. Hamlin said quantum computing will change how data is handled, and as such, "we, as a society, are going to have to make some important decisions about how to prepare for it." He added that he believed "it is time for us to consider this code very seriously" in light of what quantum computing could have in store.
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