Quantum Technology Insight

Beyond digital hype – the second quantum revolution

Quantum is not a digital technology. By taking us beyond the power of binary 1 and 0, it will have a dramatic effect on business value chains and the structure of economic activity Over the last year, exciting practical progress has shown that achieving the benefits of quantum computing, quantum communications and quantum sensing is now…

UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase 2017

The breadth of the UK national quantum technology programme is impressive. Four flavours of qubit technology were on display, but its not just quantum computing , cryptography, sensors and imaging were just as strongly represented. Now in its third year, the momentum really shows.  Hand portable and chip scale devices that are at or near…

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D-Wave Systems on the rugged frontier

D-Wave Systems hosted a seminar at SC17, the leading high performance computing mega conference. This featured something still rare in the world of quantum computing – insight from genuine end users. Bo Ewald, President of D-Wave International, introduced the seminar with an accessible survey of the alternative approaches to creating quantum devices. This is a…

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A current business threat from future quantum computers

Commercial transactions on the Internet and routine cyber security depend on the effectiveness of public key cryptography. Quantum computers will make existing standards obsolete. The impact of this starts now. Estimates vary on when a quantum computer powerful enough to realise this threat will be built. A range of dates from 8 to 20 years…

Quantum Computing marathon

Jury out on which platform will ultimately win the quantum computing marathon

Articles in the popular press have given competing experimentalists the opportunity for some polite scientific knocking copy A series of recent articles across the New Scientist, Financial Times and Bloomberg quote leading experimental groups, and give insight into the state of reality and hype in the nascent quantum computing sector. Different scientific groups have spent years…

Bitcoin

Quantum attacks on Bitcoin and how to protect against them

Academics argue that Bitcoin could be subject to attack from quantum computers by 2027. There are plenty of ways to meet this challenge, but given recent experience how easy will the Bitcoin community find it to organise its response? A new paper from Aggarwal, Brennen, Lee et al. starts by underlining the strength of Bitcoin’s main…

Quantum Landscape

Introduction to the Quantum Landscape

Investment in quantum technologies is rapidly accelerating at both a national and company level. New partnering opportunities are emerging globally. A wide variety of academic research, investment, patent, software and pilot deployment activities are underway across the Quantum Technology sector (18)(17)(13)(9)(4). National Programmes The US has perhaps the most visible quantum technologies presence due to…

Enhanced Quantum Sensing and Imaging

Introduction to Enhanced Quantum Sensing and Imaging

Quantum technologies are unlocking a new generation of measurement, sensing and imaging devices of unprecedented precision and capability. The ability to routinely manipulate matter at the atomic level, tailor high performance laser systems and detect individual photons of light unlocks a wealth of possibilities. The very fine quantum interference effects that become manifest in these…