Quantum Landscape

Quantum Outlook 2021

Quantum Outlook 2021

2021 will be the first test for hardware players’ newly minted roadmaps. Expectations on when new algorithms and software will be able to exploit these devices to offer genuine quantum advantage differ widely. The long term importance of the Quantum Internet as the end-destination for the sector will continue to grow. The short term importance…

Quantum Landscape Outlook 2021

Quantum Landscape Outlook 2021

Nations and regions around the world are continuing the rapid build-out of publicly funded quantum technology initiatives. Everyone wants to build a future quantum ecosystem in their own back yard. In the commercial space, the bounds of international collaboration are beginning to emerge. Investors need to dress for all seasons. Governments around the world have…

Quantum hardware – into the quantum jungle

The quantum computing landscape has been transformed by a surge of commercial startups pursuing very different technical paths. Investors and pioneers must prepare themselves for a challenging journey ahead. A growing list of major, midsized and startup companies have joined the quantum computing quest. However today’s prototype devices must be radically scaled up before they…

Quantum safe cryptography – the big picture

Recently updated advice on quantum security technologies from the UK NCSC is bluntly sceptical about the promised benefits of quantum key distribution. This seems at odds with the scramble of governments around the world to promote the development of quantum networking technologies. Who is right? Future large scale quantum computers will one day bring many…

Quantum Outlook 2020 – video briefing

What’s happening with quantum technology in 2020? Watch this video briefing on key developments across quantum hardware, quantum algorithms, quantum software, quantum safe cryptography, quantum imaging, sensing & timing. Updates on key companies and key national and regional programmes.  Read the full Quantum Outlook 2020 collection 2020 will be a watershed year for the…

Quantum Outlook 2020

Quantum Outlook 2020

2020 will be a watershed year for the Quantum Revolution. There will be surprising early applications, though previously over-hyped timelines may leave some disappointed. Geopolitical considerations will be hard to ignore as major national programmes set out their stalls. The chill winds of a quantum winter may threaten some, but other parts of the sector…

Quantum Landscape Outlook

Quantum Landscape Outlook 2020

The quantum race is truly underway as regions and nations vie to join the $1 billion club. 2020 will see geopolitical considerations increasingly hard to ignore as major national programmes chart their way forward. 2019 was a year of consolidation for national quantum programmes. Everyone wanted to boast about how much they are spending. Europe…

Quantum supremacy

Quantum supremacy – a new era?

Google claims quantum supremacy – the ability to perform a calculation beyond the reach of conventional computers. This is a landmark scientific, mathematical and technical achievement. But as many such as IBM point out we should all beware of hype. The road to general purpose quantum computing remains a long one. Google has published a…

Quantum safe cryptography - waiting to save the world

Quantum safe cryptography – waiting to save the world

Future quantum computers will one day bring us many great benefits. Unfortunately they will also break many of the cryptographic protocols on which current Internet security depends. Google’s quantum supremacy breakthrough notwithstanding, this is still most likely many years off. However, sensitive data intercepted and stored today, or long lifecycle infrastructure could already be at…

Brexit and the Quantum Landscape

Brexit and the Quantum Landscape

The arrival of Boris Johnson in Downing Street makes a hard Brexit ending more likely. To understand the impact this will have on the science and innovation landscape and quantum technology in particular, we have to look beyond the immediate disruptions and understand how the thinking of the political right has changed. UK science is…