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An IBM Research scientist conducts a quantum computing experiment at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Oct. 9, 2014 (Jon Simon, Feature Photo Service for IBM).

Don’t Underestimate the Implications of Quantum Technology

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

Last month, China successfully launched the world’s first quantum satellite, which is designed to establish “hack-proof” communications between space and the ground. The launch puts China ahead of its rivals in the quest to develop quantum technology, which has major implications for security and defense policy. In an email interview, Taylor Owen, an assistant professor of digital media and global affairs at the University of British Columbia and the author of “Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age,” and Robert Gorwa, a graduate student at the Oxford Internet Institute and a researcher at the University of British Columbia’s Liu Institute for Global Issues, discuss quantum technology.

WPR: What advantages does quantum technology offer satellites and computing, and to what extent does the technology still need to be developed before its benefits can be fully realized? ...

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