UK and Singapore set 2021 deadline to launch world’s first quantum communications cubesat

UK and Singapore set 2021 deadline to launch world’s first quantum communications cubesat

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Unlike traditional communications technologies quantum communications are unhackable, so countries are racing to deploy them.   Highly secure global communication based on Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), a secure communications cryptographic protocol that’s based on the eerie phenomenon of quantum mechanics, could eventually be made possible...

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China splurges $10 Billion to build a national quantum technology research center

China splurges $10 Billion to build a national quantum technology research center

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum technologies will transform the world by creating ultra-fast computing platforms, ultra-secure networks, and new forms of radar that will render stealth obsolete, and China wants to dominate the space.   This week the Chinese government announced they would be spending upwards of $10 Billion...

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World’s first intercontinental Quantum Internet link goes live, hosts video conference

World’s first intercontinental Quantum Internet link goes live, hosts video conference

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum communication networks are considered the platinum standard when it comes to helping create secure, unhackable networks, and now the first one is here and researchers used it to conduct the world’s first quantum internet video conference.   I have a saying – the future...

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World first as Chinese scientists communicate without sending any data, revolution in computing beckons

World first as Chinese scientists communicate without sending any data, revolution in computing beckons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to communicate without sending any data, and without using any particles as intermediaries, sounds impossible but scientists have just demonstrated it working and it could change everything about technology and communications as we know it.   Firstly I’m going to get this one...

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World first as Chinese scientists teleport particles 300km into space

World first as Chinese scientists teleport particles 300km into space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Teleportation is the ultimate sci-fi dream, and scientists are getting better at teleporting quantum particles further than ever before but teleporting real objects is still a long way away.   Earlier this week Chinese scientists managed to teleport an object from Earth and into space,...

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Researchers set a staggering new Quantum teleportation record

Researchers set a staggering new Quantum teleportation record

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The techniques and devices used to set a new quantum teleportation record will one day allow us to build the robust quantum repeaters that we need to build secure, internet scale quantum networks.   Mention teleportation and real sci-fi fans jump out of their sound...

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Two world firsts as researchers hack an unhackable quantum network

Two world firsts as researchers hack an unhackable quantum network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A team of Canadian researchers have achieved a world first and hacked a quantum network, then they accomplished another world first and discovered how to identify hacks.   As we saw during the recent 2016 US election, protecting traditional computer systems and electoral systems, which...

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Scientists smash the amount of information a photon can carry

Scientists smash the amount of information a photon can carry

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The more information a photon can carry the sooner we can create quantum communications systems that are immune from hackers and eavesdropping.   Single photons are ideally suited for sending information in digital form because they can be used to encode 0 and 1’s. As a result it is easy...

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Artificial atom breakthrough to usher in era of secure communications

Artificial atom breakthrough to usher in era of secure communications

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By 2031 Quantum computing will be able to crack most of today’s most commonly used encryption systems, Quantum Key Distribution will provide organisations and governments with a way to communicate that is immune from attacks and eavesdropping.   From credit card numbers to bank account...

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China’s puts final touches to its 2,000km long unhackable quantum network

China’s puts final touches to its 2,000km long unhackable quantum network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum networks are unhackable, keeping data secure and making interception and eavesdropping impossible, now they can cover greater distances which will help increase their adoption and use   By the end of this year, a team led by researchers from the University of Science and...

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Google AIs learnt how to encrypt their communications to stop people spying on them

Google AIs learnt how to encrypt their communications to stop people spying on them

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence is being embedded into every device and service, AIs that can dynamically encrypt their own communications could help to increase the security of those services exponentially.   If you were worried about the news that AIs are already building other AIs then the...

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Scientists smash Quantum Teleportation record

Scientists smash Quantum Teleportation record

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The era of secure quantum communications just took a step closer to becoming reality but a long road remains   Physicists have set a new record for quantum teleportation – the science of moving information from one place to another without physically sending anything between the...

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China launches worlds first unhackable Quantum communications satellite

China launches worlds first unhackable Quantum communications satellite

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF China recently launched the world’s first quantum satellite, heralding in a new era of ultra-secure communications.   “The satellite is designed to establish ultra-secure quantum communications by transmitting uncrackable keys from space to the ground,” Xinhua, China’s state news agency, wrote after the equipment was...

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