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

US Missile Defense Agency plans to reissue data center contract, considers cloud shift | The US Missile Defense Agency is asking for guidance on the cloud, and is looking to replace its data center contract, after gaping security holes were revealed in missile defense bases.  Source: DCD.   US Missile Defense Agency plans to reissue data center contract, considers cloud shift…

The Quantum Leap Hinges on Worker Skills and Supply Chain Limits | Remember that Sci-Fi show Quantum Leap? In the late-1980s/early-90s, Quantum Leap predicted that (in the near future) quantum technologies could be used to, among other things, travel back in time to solve crimes and correct historic wrongs.  Source: GAO.   The Quantum Leap Hinges on Worker Skills and Supply Chain Limits…

The National University of La Plata becomes an Academic Partner of aQuantum | The National University of La Plata (UNLP) and aQuantum sign a Collaboration Agreement for the joint realization of R&D in the area of Quantum Software Engineering and Programming, as well as promoting a Quantum training activities in these areas in Argentina. In order to carry out the training activities provided for in the Agreement, the UNLP becomes an “Academic Partner” of the aQuantum Partner Network (aQNetwork).  Source: aQuantum.   The National University of La Plata becomes an Academic Partner of aQuantum…

Quantum Crossing | In conjunction with the National Q-12 Education Partnership and the NSF-funded program Q2Work, APS is hosting Quantum Crossing, a virtual event for middle and high school students to showcase the unique careers available in Quantum Information Science (QIS). Students will get a chance to take virtual tours of quantum technologies and facilities and chat with scientists working in the quantum industry, all while traveling video-game style on the platform throughout the day!  Source: APS physics.   Quantum Crossing…

Quantum computing: Expensive, uncertain, nascent — and essential | Quantum computing and communications technology is at least 10 years away, likely to require billions in investments that may not pay off, but absolutely essential to the nation’s future.  Source: GCN.   Quantum computing: Expensive, uncertain, nascent — and essential…

Post-quantum cryptography oversight lacking for agencies | The Department of Homeland Security’s post-quantum cryptography roadmap lacks deadlines and oversight needed to ensure agencies’ compliance, according to the leader of Thales’ encryption team.  Source: FEDSCOOP.   Post-quantum cryptography oversight lacking for agencies…

NCSC to Prioritize Outreach Efforts in AI, Quantum Information Science Sectors | The National Counterintelligence and Security Center has issued a fact sheet listing artificial intelligence, bioeconomy, quantum information science and technology, semiconductors and autonomous systems as emerging technology sectors that should be protected from foreign threats.  Source: EXECUTIVE GOV.   NCSC to Prioritize Outreach Efforts in AI, Quantum Information Science Sectors…

How we can become quantum citizens by focusing on digital skills | Upskilling and inclusion was on the agenda as techUK lead the way at the Quantum Computing Summit at London Tech Week 2021, writes Nimmi Patel for techUK’s Quantum Week. #QuantumUK techUK was delighted to be front and centre in the conversations taking place at the Quantum Computing Summit. Among the technical talk came a focus on the skillsets needed to be developed to implement and scale quantum computing in the UK. No country can become a quantum leader without attracting the best talent.   Source: techUK.   How we can become quantum citizens by focusing on digital skills…

Quantum Ponzi | I have seen bubbles and winters(*) in AI, Internet, computer architecture, and even the PC. (And I’ve seen attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.) Now, some argue, we are in a quantum bubble that will inevitably pop and lead to a prolonged (and deserved) quantum winter. I agree that there is excessive hype making the rounds, but some of the current reaction to that has its roots in the basic academic/industrial culture clash. There are always those in academia who dislike the charlatanism and shamanism of capitalism, but it is inevitable. Our job as academics is first, of course, to advance the science itself, and (also first) to nurture the next generation of talent, but second, to convey the scientific results to colleagues, funders and investors in a way that tempers expectations to minimize the depth of the winter when it comes.  Source: rdv live from tokyo.   Quantum Ponzi…