Despite the fact that I am covering a story of a technology being deployed by a highly authoritarian state, China, I have placed this story in the iBuild category, which is a category I reserve for examples of people building the tools to create liberty.
While China’s efforts to create the world’s first quantum internet is not being done to build liberty, the idea, and the technology, to build quantum internets is not one that will be in the domain of states alone.
China’s successful deployment of a satellite that is now being shown to be capable of sending messages through quantum computing hints at what’s to come for non-state free associations that can use this same technology to build their own ‘hack-proof’ internet to send messags that might need to be protected from coercive association eyes and ears.
|China has created the hack-proof “quantum internet”. Here’s all you need to know about it|
When China launched the Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) or the Micius satellite into orbit on August 2016, there was more mystery than fanfare. For China, who has been devoting significant financial resources into space program in recent years, the first quantum-enabled satellite was just the beginning of much bigger and much more ambitious project. It was to create a hack-proof digital communication network – simply called the quantum internet…….
..Earlier this week, the Micius satellite had accomplished a successful quantum key distribution between locations in China and Europe, places separated by 7,600 km.
In the paper titled “Satellite-Relayed Intercontinental Quantum Network”, Kai Liao Sheng and his team stated that this experiment makes “Micius satellite as a robust platform for quantum key distribution with different ground stations on Earth and points towards an efficient solution for an ultra-long-distance global quantum network”.
So, what can you do with quantum internet?
Disappointingly, it’s highly unlikely that you will be using quantum internet to update your Facebook status or to post Instagram stories. “In many cases, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to communicate quantum mechanically,” said Kai-Mei Fu, a physicist at the University of Washington, to WIRED.
What we can expect is quantum computing developing into a specialised entity of the regular internet used for specific tasks, which will aid quantum computing and other advanced and secure transmission of data. And most importantly, a hack-proof digital communication network for the Chinese.
|Read more at pcmag.com|