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 are already reaching quantum spring.
2019 saw Google finally demonstrate quantum supremacy. Competitors such as IBM reminded us that this was just an opening skirmish in what will be a long campaign.
In 2020 we will see paths divide as competing companies and technologies face-up to the quantum chasm blocking the way to large scale quantum computers.
In other areas timelines look over-hyped. 2020 will be a key year for early movers to prove the naysayers wrong.
Not everyone will come away happy.
Huddling round the community fire may be a good way to keep the chills of quantum winter at bay.
Fortunately preparations are well in hand to fix the Internet before large scale quantum computers can break it. But even in 2020, sensitive data intercepted and stored is already vulnerable to future attack. Companies must act to ensure they are not caught-out by the coming transition.
In the longer term, the tantalising promise of the Quantum Internet beckons.
National programmes and smart players are taking advantage of the opportunities this brings.
Don’t underestimate the future impact of these novel gizmos.
2020 will see geopolitical considerations increasingly hard to ignore as major national programmes chart their way forward.
Fact Based Insight wishes all of those working in the Quantum Technology sector a successful 2020.
Events to watch in 2020
CES, 7-10 Jan, Las Vegas, US – In 2018, Intel announced Tangle Lake; in 2019; IBM announced the IBM Q System One. Samsung, who recently led a $55m funding round at IonQ, are a keynote speaker this year. Will we hear more about synergies in the future miniaturisation of this technology?
QIP, 6-10 Jan, Shenzhen, China – The premier academic event for Quantum Information Processing. This year Alibaba is a lead sponsor. Will we learn more about its quantum vision?
IQT New York, 2-3 Apr, New York City – A quantum technology business summit; all things quantum including perspectives across global national programmes.
CQTIP, 6-8 Apr, Cambridge, UK – Quantum computing theory in practice. Does what it says on the tin.
PQCrypt, 15-17 Apr, Paris, France – The premier academic event for Post Quantum Cryptography. What will we learn about NIST Round 3?
QT Congress, 20-22 Apr, Twickenham Stadium, London – Commercial applications of quantum computing, communications and sensing. Set to be big!
BQIT, 27-29 Apr, Bristol, UK – Future looking updates from across quantum technologies set in an emerging quantum tech cluster.
Crypto, 16-20 Aug, Santa Barbara, US – Used in previous years by NIST to co-locate important PQC workshops. What will we learn?
QCrypt, 10-14 Aug, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – The premier academic event for Quantum Cryptography. What can the Quantum Internet deliver?
UK NQTP Showcase, TBC, UK – Exhibits on display from across the UK quantum sector.
EQTC, 23-27 Nov, Dublin, Ireland – The second conference for those wanting to follow the progress of the EU Quantum Flagship. Will white smoke have emerged on the EU budget?
Q2B, 8-10 Dec, California, US – This conference organised by QC Ware has seen influential presentations and announcements in 2017, 2018 and 2019. What will we see in 2020?