Quantum Computing with Block Chains, Mapping Industry Future


nnnRush when comment: Ten years ago, the emergence of GPS has changed the world of our lives, while changing the mapping industry. And now the rapid development of 2017, quantum computing and block chain technology these emerging technologies once again become popular technology, and some people guess that these two technologies will be like GPS to bring some earth-shattering changes. Perhaps the emergence of these two technologies makes it difficult for us to see their impact on the mapping industry, but a new generation of young surveyors will eventually adapt to these new things, and to show us everything.n
nnTranslation: Clovern
nThis article was first published in The American Surveyor magazine.n
nTen years ago, the US government introduced a global navigation satellite positioning system – that is, what we know now GPS. I remember that I had attended a seminar to describe this amazing technology and speculated that it would be applied to mapping activities.n
nThe main purpose of GPS is as a navigation system, but in view of its precise positioning ability, some futuristic thinkers think it can be applied to the surveying and mapping industry, not only for the use of survey technicians, but also for land surveyors. For plain geographers who are familiar with chains and cables, this is something like Buck Rogers in the movie, which is highly theoretical.n
nIn the early days of the first satellite constellation Block 1 from 1978 to 1985, our own ACSM futurists (such as Larry Hothem) explained to us how GPS will change our world.n
nSince then, a total of 70 satellite launch into the system, there are 32 satellite orbit on the good run. Private practice surveyor GPS has also been ubiquitous; the rest has become history.n
nAnd now the rapid progress to 2017, as quantum computing and block chain technology such a new thing is being discussed in a curiosity, and have speculated that these technologies may be some earth-shattering discovery of the beginning, like GPS again The same.n
nQuantum mechanics is a branch of theoretical physics that seems to contradict all the theories of classical physics on which computer technology is based. We understand the quantum flexibility theory, string theory and quantum fluctuations as well as the new D-wave computer. A writer called it “can change the world’s black box”, can be faster to deal with a lot of unheard of data.n
nFor this example, we are concerned with dealing with the “Internet of Things” generated by the so-called large data challenges. In the future smart city (theoretically), tens of thousands of sensors will collect millions of data for municipal administration, from traffic control to voting mode. It is said that only the amazing achievements of quantum processing can handle information overload.n
nBlock-chain technology is also inferior, for our potential applications is also the same magic. The block chain is described as an electronic digital auditing system in the cloud. And one of the expected applications – in addition to Bitcoin and other encrypted currencies – is a virtual cloud land inventory that can be kept in any location and record, and has the perfect accuracy and security. Many of the commission commission have added block-chain technology to their field of study.n
nIn the 1980s, we were concerned and curious about a technology that might or might not be related to the mapping industry. But with the development of the global satellite navigation and positioning system, we can see that the measurement results (a topic of great concern to us) was part of its commitment.n
nWith quantum mechanics and block-chain technology, it may be harder to see how the field of mapping will be affected.n
nBut please pay attention: our new generation of skilled young surveyors will see these effects, and be able to adapt to all new things, as if we have to adapt to the use of digital computers and GPS. In some places, perhaps the young version of Larry Hothem will explain everything to our other people.n

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