The rate at which quantum computing is hitting the media stream is ever-increasing. This piece is a collection of recent articles and reports covering various aspects of quantum computing from the lens of government and policy. Mea Cubitt

U.S. Department of Energy funds center to build a foundation for quantum chemistry | When a plant turns a splash of sunlight into a new leaf, that process is more complicated than the latest SpaceX launch, the stock market or brain surgery. That process, unfolding inside a molecule called the photosynthetic center, involves hundreds of thousands of movements of atoms and electrons. For scientists trying to model it on an ordinary computer, that’s potentially the equivalent of 100 years’ worth of computing hours.  Source: uchicago news.   U.S. Department of Energy funds center to build a foundation for quantum chemistry…

Quantum Cold War: The University and the CIA | Since the Cold War, America’s foreign intelligence agency, the CIA, has kept tabs on the latest research and development being conducted at universities around the world, in the hopes of gaining the upper hand in a technological arms race with its rivals. In the 1960s, the CIA’s endeavours led them to a major hypnosis research lab at the University of Sydney, where they secretly funded a mind control experiment overseen by one of their most trusted scientific advisers. In the present day, with increased cyberattacks against industry and government, the CIA has returned to the University, exploiting scientific breakthroughs in quantum computing and artificial intelligence for military purposes.   Source: Honi Soit.   Quantum Cold War: The University and the CIA…

Internationales Forschungszentrum zu Photonischem Quantencomputing | With “Profilbildung 2020”, the NRW Ministry of Culture and Science (MKW) provides scope for the development of forward-looking research topics and the sustainable increase in the competitiveness of the respective institutions. To this end, it provides around one million euros in funding per project every year. Building on existing strengths, potential areas are to be expanded that contribute to the further development of research profiles. The University of Paderborn has now successfully prevailed with an application for the potential area “Photonic Quantum Computing”. In it, scientists pursue an interdisciplinary approach to the realization of a photonic quantum computer. In the future, all steps from basic research to new quantum algorithms to the modeling of large, complex quantum systems and the realization of photonic quantum networks for corresponding computing applications will be combined at one location. The project also aims to train a new generation of excellent researchers in the field of quantum computing, taking into account gender equality. With the profile area, Paderborn is to establish itself as an internationally visible center for photonic quantum technologies.  Source: PADERBORN UNIVERSITY.   Internationales Forschungszentrum zu Photonischem Quantencomputing…

IBM: Governments and enterprises need to migrate to quantum safe cryptography today | As more and more practical applications of quantum computing emerge, we sat down with IBM researcher, Waheeda Saib to understand how this technology can help address difficult optimisation problems in finance and supply chains and boost the power of machine learning.  Source: ITP.net.   IBM: Governments and enterprises need to migrate to quantum safe cryptography today…

Govt launches QSim to aid quantum computing research in India | The Indian government on Thursday launched a Quantum Simulator (QSim) which will allow developers, scientists, and students to research advancements in quantum computing in the country.  Source: mint.   Govt launches QSim to aid quantum computing research in India…

EPFL launches new Center for Quantum Science and Engineering | EPFL’s new Center for Quantum Science and Engineering (QSE Center) will establish and promote programs for cross-disciplinary research, education and innovation in the fields of quantum science and engineering. “Developing quantum technology is an incredible venture that puts us face to face with unprecedented scientific and engineering challenges. Meeting these challenges requires a concerted effort from all technical disciplines – physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering – more so than for any previous kind of technological development,” says Prof. Vincenzo Savona (pictured, right), the head of EPFL’s Laboratory of Theoretical Physics of Nanosystems.  Source: optics.org.   EPFL launches new Center for Quantum Science and Engineering…

Entanglement extends reach towards National Science Foundation and Midwest Quantum Academia | NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2021 Entanglement Inc. (Ei), an early-stage deep technology company, joins Accenture, Cummins, and Quantum Computing Inc. in becoming the first committed members to the Center for Quantum Technologies (CQT), an alliance between Purdue University (lead site), Indiana University, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI). The CQT will partner with industry and government stakeholders to identify compelling needs and challenges, and then develop novel quantum technologies to address them. Committed industry and government members will provide funding to the center’s researchers and will obtain early access to findings applicable to their organizations. These “solutions-findings” will address the increasing demand of private sector companies for applications that demonstrate a quantum advantage in an overgrowing competitive landscape for optimization solutions.   Source: ENTANGLEMENT.   Entanglement extends reach towards National Science Foundation and Midwest Quantum Academia…

China’s amassing of genomic data highlights global biotech race | That little-noticed warning from the top U.S. intelligence office came in February, alerting Americans of the risks of inadvertently handing over their genetic codes to China. Unlike a misplaced credit card, lost DNA cannot be replaced, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in the bulletin, adding that Beijing, as part of its quest to become a global leader in biotech, is aggressively collecting large quantities of genomic data from around the world.  Source: TechXplore.   China’s amassing of genomic data highlights global biotech race…

Bengal earmarks 100 acres more for IT hub: Minister | Kolkata: The West Bengal government has earmarked another 100 acres of land for its Silicon Valley Tech Hub and is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that it becomes the information technology hub of not only India but also the world, state IT Minister Partha Chatterjee said on Thursday. The Bengal Silicon Valley Tech Hub is being set up to attract investment in IT/ITeS/Telecom projects with employment potential.  Source: CIO.com.   Bengal earmarks 100 acres more for IT hub: Minister…

NSF announces $25 million institute in Chicago for quantum biology research | As part of a nationwide initiative to boost research in quantum science, the National Science Foundation will establish a $25 million institute in Chicago to investigate quantum sensing for biology and train the quantum workforce. Headquartered at the University of Chicago and in partnership with Chicago State University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Harvard University, the institute will be funded for five years.  Source: uchicago news.   NSF announces $25 million institute in Chicago for quantum biology research…

Oscar the Qube | Quantum technology or stage at a music festival? Both would have one thing in common: students. Oscar-Qube, short for Optical Sensors based on CARbon materials: QUantum Belgium, is an experiment developed by a group of students from the University of Hasselt, Belgium. Part of ESA Education Office’s Orbit Your Thesis! programme, the experiment arrived at the International Space Station on Space X Dragon CR23 resupply mission yesterday.  Source: The European Space Agency.   Oscar the Qube…