In a July 23 press conference at the University of Chicago, the U.S. Department of Energy unveiled a report that lays out a blueprint strategy for the development of a national quantum internet. In February, DOE national laboratories, universities and industry met in New York City to develop the strategy, laying out the essential research to be accomplished, describing the engineering and design barriers and setting near-term goals. DOE’s 17 national laboratories will serve as the backbone of the coming quantum internet, which will rely on the laws of quantum mechanics to control and transmit information more securely than ever before. Currently in its initial stages of development, the quantum internet could become a secure communications network and have a profound impact on areas critical to science, industry and national security.
A video of the press conference is available online.
The event speakers are, in order of appearance:
Event Speakers (in order of appearance):
Juan de Pablo, professor at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering
J.B. Pritzker, governor of Illinois
Lori Lightfoot, mayor of Chicago
Bobby Rush, U.S. representative
Robert Zimmer, University of Chicago president
Paul Kearns, director of Argonne National Laboratory
Nigel Lockyer, director of Fermilab
David Awschalom, professor in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, senior scientist and Quantum Group Leader at Argonne National Laboratory
Eden Figueroa, leader of Quantum Information Technology Group at the University of Stony Brook
Maria Spiropulu, professor at the California Institute of Technology
Paul Dabbar, under secretary of science of the U.S. Department of Energy
Dan Brouillette, secretary of U.S. Department of Energy