(GovTech) Dan Lohrmanm provides a comprehensive background on the DOE’s initiative to lead the global race to use quantum computing for a new era of communications. The DOE recently released a blueprint for a new quantum Internet with stronger security, higher speeds and more and Lohrmann provides a review of the media reports and the highlights from each.
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Science Alert wrote this about DOE’s plans:
“In February, scientists from DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago created a 52-mile (83-kilometer) “quantum loop” in the Chicago suburbs, establishing one of the longest land-based quantum networks in the nation.
the Washington Post wrote that the U.S. hatches plan to build a quantum Internet that might be unhackable. The new network would sit alongside the existing Web, offering a more secure way to send and process information.
c|net wrote that the US wants to develop a quantum internet:
It’s part of the National Quantum Initiative Act, which President Donald Trump signed into law in December 2018. Scientists think a prototype quantum communications system could be built in the next decade, DOE said.
NOTE: Many more references and citations are included.
Lohrmann provides an interesting and provocative closing:
There is no doubt that these research initiatives will lead to amazing advances in communication technology, and will no doubt bring about a new generation in Internet technology. I applaud these efforts in quantum computing.
Nevertheless, developers must remember that people, process and technology are involved in all successful projects. Also, 90% of data breaches occur because of some type of human element.
So my point is that there will always be insider threats that contribute to every new development.