Next-Gen Quantum Networks

Valerie C. Coffey

Get ready: the quantum internet is a next-generation disruptive technology that is now closer to fact than fiction. Researchers predict that practical quantum communications may be here within 10 to 15 years.


figureThe encryption of sensitive data is particularly valuable to the banking sector, hospitals, and in urban communications, giving quantum technology strong commercial potential.

It’s conceivable yet fanciful: a quantum Internet. It would be exponentially faster and more secure than current technology. Hackers and identity thieves would have no way of uncovering national secrets or personal information. Complex calculations and searches could be done with imperceptible lag time.

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