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In 1947, Howard Aiken, an American computing engineer, stated that the entire United States’ computing needs would be satisfied by six electronic computers. And less than 100 the world. How wrong he was.

The year is 2016, and we can measure the rates at which computers process data by hundreds of megabytes per second. As office workers, we use these silicon based binary computers every single day. But what of recruitment consultants in the future? What is the technology that they will use?

Current computers use binary digits (or bits) that we know as the iconic string of 0s and 1s that make up lines of code that computers translate into perceivable information. Enter the quantum computer, a technology in its infancy that utilises the theory of quantum entanglement to process information. Popularised by the thought experiment of ‘Schrodinger’s Cat’, quantum entanglement explores the ‘superpositioning’ of atoms that can be in two states at once. Quantum digits, or qubits, are similar to the code our computers use today. However, they can translated by the computer as a 0 or 1 at the same time. Confusing, I know. But in lay man’s terms for every binary digit that can either be a 0 or a 1. A qubit can be 0 AND 1. 2 bits become 4, 4 become 8. A 1000 qubit computer can be 2 to the power of 1000 states at once. The rate at which the computer processes information is virtually exponential.

This is all very exciting, but what does it mean for us? As stated, the technology is in its infancy, and we couldn’t expect a practical machine that uses this technology in Service Care Solutions any time soon. But in 30 years’ time when it is more understood. What will computers that office workers use every day look like? Will they use mice and keyboards? Will they have a monitor? Or will we clock in and plug ourselves straight into a machine that we can call a business or candidate by simply thinking their name.

An interesting future we have indeed.
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