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Quantum Morning Coffee - 2019/08/22

Featuring The Pentagon, DARPA, China, USA, Russia, IBM Research, University of Oxford, UK...

August 22nd 2019 | 1076 readers

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IBM Research works and invests heavily in quantum computing, but not only. Other avenues continue to be explored. High-performance computing is one of them, but also what are called neuromorphic chips. In collaboration with Oxford University, IBM Research has just published the results of an experiment that created cyclocarbon, a pure carbon ring, in which each of the 18 carbon atoms is linked to only two others. In the long term, this would make it possible to manufacture transistors of molecular size and very low power consumption. To discover in video on: and in a very well documented article in French.
For its part, the Pentagon is wondering whether it is reasonable to bet everything on the new quantum world. What if the quantum world is already there, right next to us, in nature? The DARPA program entitled "Nature as a Computer" will investigate this direction: to exploit the computing capacity of a living cell, or more precisely to understand and then reproduce this computing capacity in a laboratory. This program meets the same needs as quantum computing research programs: finding alternatives to traditional computing. Each of the participants selected for this program will receive $1 million in funding to conduct a first study.
We live under surveillance. Government programs have been brought into the spotlight by Edward Snowden, and others, in the United States, Russia, China, but also in many European countries. Within a maximum of ten years, all these listening systems could become deaf and blind, thanks to new quantum encryption techniques. This may be a good thing for privacy, but it is not necessarily a good thing for the security of the world. The Pentagon, the CIA, the NSA, the FBI, will depend on the progress made by DARPA in this area. The objective is to continue to see, to listen, both inside and outside.

Philippe Nieuwbourg is an independent trainer and analyst, a specialist in data analysis for... Know more about this author

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