US officials and scientists have begun laying the groundwork for a more secure”virtually unhackable” internet based on quantum computing Technologies.
At a demonstration Thursday,” Department of Energy (DOE) officials issued a report which lays out a blueprint plan for the growth of a federal quantum Web, using laws of quantum mechanics to transmit information more securely than on existing networks.
The agency is working with universities and industry researchers on the technology for the initiative with the aim of creating a prototype within a decade.
In February, scientists in DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago created a 52-mile (83-kilometer)”quantum loop” from the Chicago suburbs, setting among the greatest land-based quantum computers in the nation.
“Among the hallmarks of quantum transmissions is they are exceedingly difficult to eavesdrop on as data passes between locations,” according to the Energy Department statement.
“Scientists plan to use that trait to make virtually unhackable networks.”
The department stated early adopters could include the banking and health services industries, adding that there would be software for national safety and aircraft communications.
“Eventually, the use of quantum networking technology in mobile phones could have broad effects on the lives of individuals around the world,” the statement added.
The agency’s 17 national labs will function as the backbone of this coming quantum internet, which has initial government funding.
“The foundation of quantum computers rests on our capacity to exactly synthesize and manipulate matter at the atomic scale, for example, management of single photons,” said David Awschalom, a professor at the University of Chicago and senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory.