…If we want quantum computers to reach their full potential, we’ll need complex networks of the machines strung together with quantum repeaters….

Our goal is to enable and develop quantum communication links over long distances, in ways that will be better than current systems. That will require creating quantum repeaters.” — Paul Kwiat, Q-NEXT and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


…In a sense, this is why repeater technology is so important. Repeaters are devices meant to avoid the loss of meaning we observe in the telephone game. Without repeaters, the data being sent over a connection can be rendered useless. In essence, we don’t get large-scale computer networking without repeaters…

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