US officials and scientists have begun to lay the foundations for a more secure, “virtually unhackable” Internet-based on quantum computing technology. This was reported by representatives of the US Department of Energy.
At the presentation, officials from the Department of Energy (DOE) published a report that disclosed a strategy for developing a national quantum Internet that uses the laws of quantum mechanics to transfer information more securely than existing networks.
The agency has partnered with universities and industry researchers on development for a prototype initiative for a decade.
In February, scientists from the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago created an 83-kilometer “quantum loop” in the suburbs of Chicago, thus creating one of the longest terrestrial quantum networks in the country.
The goal is to create a parallel, safer network based on quantum entanglement or transmission of subatomic particles. Quantum entanglement is a quantum mechanical phenomenon in which the quantum states of two or more objects become interdependent.
One of the hallmarks of quantum transmissions is that they are extremely difficult to eavesdrop on when transmitting information between checkpoints. Scientists plan to use this trait to create virtually unbreakable networks.
Excerpt from Department of Energy Statement
The department said the banking and medical sectors may be among the first users of the quantum Internet, and applications for national security and aviation communications will also be created.
The agency’s 17 national laboratories will serve as the backbone of the upcoming quantum internet with initial government funding.