Do we need a new Internet? People have been asking that question for more than a decade, and this blog examined the reasons why back in 2015.
Now, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a blueprint for a new quantum Internet with much stronger security, higher speeds and much more.
Science Alert wrote this about DOE’s plans:
“In February, scientists from DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago created a 52-mile (83-kilometer) “quantum loop” in the Chicago suburbs, establishing one of the longest land-based quantum networks in the nation.
The aim is to create a parallel, more secure network based on quantum “entanglement,” or the transmission of sub-atomic particles.
‘One of the hallmarks of quantum transmissions is that they are exceedingly difficult to eavesdrop on as information passes between locations,’ according to the Energy Department statement.
‘Scientists plan to use that trait to make virtually unhackable networks.’”
This past week, the Washington Post wrote that the U.S. hatches plan to build a quantum Internet that might be unhackable. The new network would sit alongside the existing Web, offering a more secure way to send and process information.
“Speaking in Chicago, one of the main hubs of the work, they set goals for forging what they called a second Internet — one that would function alongside the globe’s existing networks, using the laws of quantum mechanics to share information more securely and to connect a new generation of computers and sensors.
Quantum technology seeks to harness the distinct properties of atoms, photons and electrons to build more powerful computers and other tools for processing information. A quantum Internet relies on photons exhibiting a quantum state known as entanglement, which allows them to share information over long distances without having a physical (Read more…)
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