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The rate at which quantum computing is hitting the media stream is ever-increasing. This piece is a compilation derived from The Shorts posted on The Qubit Report this week.  Mea Cubitt

Business & Industry

Honeywell Helios leases 65K square feet in Interlocken | Honeywell Helios LLC, the quantum computing division of Honeywell International Inc., has leased 65,000 square feet of office space at 310 Interlocken Parkway in Broomfield’s Interlocken Business Park, according to Skye Commercial Real Estate Inc.  Source: Daily Camera.   Honeywell Helios leases 65K square feet in Interlocken…

Top Quantum Computing Stocks To Invest In Now? 4 Names To Know | If you have been keeping up with the latest stock market news, chances are, you’ve heard of quantum computing stocks. For the most part, it is an up-and-coming industry in the field of tech today. This is mainly thanks to quantum computers offering computational power that is 100 million times faster than regular computers today. In detail, this difference in performance stems from the core operating components within both machines. Namely, quantum computers rely on qubits, while regular computers still process data in terms of 1’s and 0’s. Because of all this, some are considering quantum computing the latest frontier in the tech world now.  Source: Nasdaq.   Top Quantum Computing Stocks To Invest In Now? 4 Names To Know…

Best Quantum Computing Stocks for Retail Investors to Buy Now | Investors are showing more interest in quantum computing stocks. Many companies are engaged in the efforts to develop quantum computers. Some are privately held like BlackRock-backed PsiQuantum, while others are publicly traded. What are the best quantum computing stocks to buy now?  Source: MARKET REALIST.   Best Quantum Computing Stocks for Retail Investors to Buy Now…

Space EA Systems Delivers Satellite-Enabled Quantum-Proof Cybersecurity and Innovation | The rise of quantum is a double-edged sword, which both debuts breakthrough innovation to the space industry and annihilates encryption from the global security community. Space EA delivers cutting-edge solutions to eclipse both sides.  Source: Space EA Systems (PR Newswire).   Space EA Systems Delivers Satellite-Enabled Quantum-Proof Cybersecurity and Innovation…

Xanadu and imec partner to develop photonic chips for fault tolerant quantum computing | Xanadu (https://xanadu.ai), a full-stack photonic quantum computing company and imec (www.imec-int.com), a world-leading research and innovation center in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, have today announced a partnership to develop the next generation of photonic qubits based on ultra-low loss silicon nitride (SiN) waveguides.  Source: Xandau and imec (yahoo!finance).   Xanadu and imec partner to develop photonic chips for fault tolerant quantum computing…

Bitcoin.com Announces September Listing of Quantum-Resistant Cryptocurrency, the Crown Sovereign | This morning, Bitcoin.com announced that it will be listing a quantum-resistant cryptocurrency, the Crown Sovereign, on the Bitcoin.com Exchange in late September. Protected with a next-generation approach to One-Time Pad encryption, the Crown Sovereign ensures the timeless protection and value of users’ sensitive data, even alongside the emergence of quantum technology. The launch is a significant achievement for Crown Sterling as it seeks to empower data sovereignty in the dawn of quantum computing with next-generation AI encryption products.  Source: Newsfile Corp. (yahoo!finance).   Bitcoin.com Announces September Listing of Quantum-Resistant Cryptocurrency, the Crown Sovereign…

The head of quantum computing at Chinese search giant Baidu explains how the tech will play a ‘key role’ in making AI more powerful | The relatively new field of quantum computing will play a “key role” in the future of Baidu, says Runyao Duan, director of the Chinese search giant’s Quantum Computing Institute. While American tech titans like Microsoft, IBM, and Google pour resources into their own quantum computing efforts, firms like Baidu, e-commerce giant Alibaba, tech conglomerate Tencent, and a handful of smaller startups have represented China’s own big bets on the emerging field.  Source: NY PRESS NEWS.   The head of quantum computing at Chinese search giant Baidu explains how the tech will play a ‘key role’ in making AI more powerful…

Cybersecurity & Cryptography

The Privatization of Cyber Tools and Operations Further Muddies Attribution Efforts | OODA is one of the few independent research sources with experience in due diligence on quantum computing and quantum security companies and capabilities. Our practitioner’s lens on insights ensures our research is grounded in reality. See: Quantum Computing Sensemaking.  Source: DA LOOP.   The Privatization of Cyber Tools and Operations Further Muddies Attribution Efforts…

What Heartbleed Taught Us About Automating Certificate Management | This spring marked the seventh anniversary of Heartbleed, the vulnerability discovered in the OpenSSL cryptographic library widely used on servers and embedded devices around the world.   Source: Forbes.   What Heartbleed Taught Us About Automating Certificate Management…

QuSecure Named as 1 of the Top 28 Cybersecurity Firms of 2021 by CB Insights | QuSecure, Inc. (QuSecure), a leading provider of post-quantum cybersecurity solutions, has been named as 1 of the top 28 cybersecurity firms by CB Insights in their “Cyber Defenders 2021: The 28 companies defending businesses from next-gen cyber-attacks,” and Qusecure was chosen as one of only two companies for the prestigious Post-Quantum Cryptography category.  Source: QuSecure (businesswire).   QuSecure Named as 1 of the Top 28 Cybersecurity Firms of 2021 by CB Insights…

Verizon explores how Quantum Safe VPNs could protect today’s data from tomorrow’s hackers | Verizon is testing how a Quantum Safe Virtual Private Network (VPN) can enhance protection of data today in order to thwart hackers in the future. As quantum computers become more advanced, they will have the potential to break today’s public key encryption ciphers. Theoretically, hackers could capture data riding on networks today and store it until quantum computers have the power to break the encryption. It’s a little like stealing a bank safe today and holding on to it until someone discovers how to pick the lock. Verizon, and others, believe the key to safeguarding information will be a Quantum Safe VPN. This technology uses session key exchange security mechanisms or cryptographic ciphers that can provide a higher level of protection. Essentially, it’s a solution that enhances encryption methodologies today in order to make them even more difficult to hack tomorrow.  Source: Verizon NEWS CENTER.   Verizon explores how Quantum Safe VPNs could protect today’s data from tomorrow’s hackers…

Technology & Hardware

Quantum technology – how do the opportunities stack up? | Quantum technologies are receiving billions of dollars in funding. This is because of their disruptive potential, whether it’s vastly more powerful computing, better sensing or more reliable timing and navigation. In the UK alone, the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme is investing £1 billion over 10 years, while the US has announced $1bn new funding for 12 new research hubs. The private sector has more than kept up. In Cambridge, for example, Nu Quantum and Riverlane are among those bringing in VC money for cyber security and quantum computing applications respectively.   Source: Richard Claridge.   Quantum technology – how do the opportunities stack up?

Ion Beams Enable Developments in Quantum Technology | Quantum technology has opened a whole new world of potential advances in secure communications, information technology and high precision sensors. This technology is poised to provide solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in health care, industry and security. Ion beams find application in developing the innovative materials needed for new quantum technologies. “The IAEA is fully engaged with worldwide initiatives in quantum technology,” said Aliz Simon, a nuclear physicist at the IAEA. “Ion beam accelerator techniques offer emerging opportunities to further explore and develop research in quantum technology.”  Source: IAEA.   Ion Beams Enable Developments in Quantum Technology…

High-BIAS2 Accelerates Quantum Sensing Into Commercialization With New Milestones For Quantum Positioning System | The High-BIAS2 (High Bandwidth Inertial Atom Source) project today announced new milestones that move the industry closer to safer skies with more precise inflight navigation systems. The project has advanced its development of a cold atom-based Quantum Positioning System (QPS), which enables vehicle navigation without a GPS (Global Positioning System) or GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) signal. Reducing the reliance on GPS and GNSS technologies is critical for scenarios where signals from these systems are not available, such as underwater or in space, or when they suffer disruptions due to technical issues, cyberattacks, and atmospheric or reflection effects. High-BIAS2 demonstrates the rapid commercialization of quantum technologies for real world applications.  Source: High-BIAS2 (PR Newswire).   High-BIAS2 Accelerates Quantum Sensing Into Commercialization With New Milestones For Quantum Positioning System…

Quantum Computing Lab Is Building a Better Internet | It’s a strange, Star Trek-like world in which objects can exist in two or more states simultaneously, interact with each other instantly over long distances, and flash into and out of existence. Scientists like Figueroa — the quantum information technology research leader in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University — work to harness this behavior with hopes of turning it into a new and improved internet.  Source: Stony Brook University.   Quantum Computing Lab Is Building a Better Internet…

Twilight for Silicon? End of “Moore’s Law” in View As Silicon Chip Density Nears Physical Limit | Researchers at The Rockefeller University have shed new light on “Moore’s Law” — perhaps the world’s most famous technological prediction — that chip density, or the number of components on an integrated circuit, would double every two years.   Source: Rockefeller University (SciTechDaily).   Twilight for Silicon? End of “Moore’s Law” in View As Silicon Chip Density Nears Physical Limit…

UNSW researchers ‘growing’ semiconductors for smaller electronics | Growing’ electronic components directly onto a semiconductor block could mean avoiding messy, noisy oxidation scattering that slows and impedes electronic operation, researchers out of Sydney said.  Source: ZD Net.   UNSW researchers ‘growing’ semiconductors for smaller electronics…

Algorithms & Software

Progress in algorithms makes small, noisy quantum computers viable | Work by Los Alamos and others shows that hybrid quantum/classical algorithms can accommodate limited qubits and lack of error correction for real-world tasks.  Source: Los Alamos National Laboratory.   Progress in algorithms makes small, noisy quantum computers viable…

Thanks To Quantum, Enterprise Software Will Be Revolutionary | The January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics arguably kickstarted the home computer revolution. Its cover story was “World’s First Minicomputer Kit to Rival Commercial Models … Altair 8800.” Two of the people who read it were Paul Allen and Bill Gates, right around the time they were laying the foundation for Microsoft.  Source: Forbes.   Thanks To Quantum, Enterprise Software Will Be Revolutionary…

Maths, encryption, and quantum computing | The internet has changed the face of communication and how communication can be stolen, spied upon or manipulated, and it always gets harder to protect ourselves as technology evolves. This becomes even more difficult as we face a future of quantum computers, which will be so powerful they’ll make the security we use now look like mere child’s play.  Source: COSMOS.   Maths, encryption, and quantum computing…

Government & Policy

Abu Dhabi unboxes the Middle East’s first quantum supercomputer | Achieving a temperature 100 times colder than deep outer space is about to become possible in Abu Dhabi – and in August.  Source: The National (msn).   Abu Dhabi unboxes the Middle East’s first quantum supercomputer…

Rome Lab to benefit as AFRL is designated as a quantum information science research center | Rome Lab will secure funding as the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is now designated as the quantum information science (QIS) research center for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force.  Source: CNYBJ.   Rome Lab to benefit as AFRL is designated as a quantum information science research center…

New York lab designated as quantum research center for Air Force, Space Force | The Rome Air Force Research Lab was designated as the quantum information science research center for the U.S. Air Force and Space Force, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand’s offices announced Tuesday in a joint statement.  Source: STARS AND STRIPES.   New York lab designated as quantum research center for Air Force, Space Force…

ColdQuanta Awarded DARPA Contract to Develop a Complete Rydberg Atom-Based RF Sensor System | ColdQuanta, the leader in Cold Atom Quantum Technology, in conjunction with BAE Systems, Teledyne Scientific and Imaging, and the University of Oklahoma, today announced they have collectively been awarded a contract under DARPA’s Quantum Apertures program to demonstrate a complete Rydberg atom-based Radio Frequency (RF) Sensor System. The program aims to demonstrate a system that can receive low intensity, modulated RF signals across a wide spectral range, develop sensor physics and technologies that scale to a fieldable arrayed sensor system, and achieve shot noise limited detection levels that exceed the fundamental limits of classical antennas. This contract is the latest in a series of awards secured by ColdQuanta from DARPA, with capabilities of the program being used by the U.S. Department of Defense for applications such as military communications, radar and electronic warfare.  Source: ColdQuanta (yahoo!finance).   ColdQuanta Awarded DARPA Contract to Develop a Complete Rydberg Atom-Based RF Sensor System…

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $61 Million to Advance Breakthroughs in Quantum Information Science | The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $61 million in funding for infrastructure and research projects to advance quantum information science (QIS). QIS is the science of the extremely small, where molecules, atoms, and light can defy traditional laws of physics. Advances in QIS can enable new forms of computing, simulation, communication, and sensing that can advance breakthroughs needed to combat the climate crisis and strengthen America’s competitiveness.   Source: ENERGY.GOV.   U.S. Department of Energy Announces $61 Million to Advance Breakthroughs in Quantum Information Science…

Rochester researchers join national initiative to advance quantum science | Todd Krauss, chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Rochester, and his fellow researchers are joining a $73 million initiative, funded by the US Department of Energy, to advance quantum science and technology. Krauss’s project, “Understanding coherence in light‐matter interfaces for quantum science,” is one of 29 projects intended to help scientists better understand and to harness the “quantum world” in order to eventually benefit people and society.  Source: University of Rochester.   Rochester researchers join national initiative to advance quantum science…

How the Netherlands is leading the EU toward its tech future | Strategic investments in quantum computing, AI, innovative tech startups and sustainable technology, along with an historically strong background in science and innovation, are propelling the country to technology leadership in the region. But can it stay there?  Source: COMPUTER WORLD.   How the Netherlands is leading the EU toward its tech future…

The Modi government’s policies can make India the next Silicon Valley—or the next China | Prime minister Narendra Modi’s “Digital India” dream appears to be getting shackled to legislations that control and censor online activity. Since Modi came to power in 2014, he has enjoyed a massive following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and invited foreign tech behemoths to invest in India. But these firms are constantly under scrutiny—especially when they become hubs of dissent around topics like farmer protests or Covid-19 mismanagement.  Source: QUARTZ INDIA.   The Modi government’s policies can make India the next Silicon Valley—or the next China…

A Quantum Challenge: Building a Skilled Workforce | There’s a lot of momentum building up around quantum computing. Big, established companies like IBM, Microsoft, Google and Honeywell are putting their vast resources behind the drive to reach true quantum computing and an array of smaller pure-play startups are rapidly cropping up around them, armed with expertise and a growing amount of funding.  Source: THE NEW STACK.   A Quantum Challenge: Building a Skilled Workforce…

Science & Research

Researchers discover new limit of trapping light at the nanoscale | Physicists from the University of Southampton and ETH Zürich have reached a new threshold of light-matter coupling at the nanoscale  Source: University of Southampton.   Researchers discover new limit of trapping light at the nanoscale…

Crystal Could Allow for Full-Scale Quantum Computing | Vaccine and drug development, artificial intelligence, transport and logistics, climate science — these are all areas that stand to be transformed by the development of a full-scale quantum computer. And there has been explosive growth in quantum computing investment over the past decade.  Source: Real Clear Science.   Crystal Could Allow for Full-Scale Quantum Computing…

The Technological Singularity: An End to Mortality? | Accelerating developments in computing, information production and storage, and artificial intelligence are rapidly approaching a point of inflection. This point is commonly known as “the Singularity.”  Source: Interesting Engineering.   The Technological Singularity: An End to Mortality?

Exploring ‘the most spooky, weird kind of science’ | Alessandro Rossi applies quantum physics to the study of measurements in a ‘mind-boggling’ marriage of disciplines.  Source: nature.   Exploring ‘the most spooky, weird kind of science’…

Levitation: Classic Magic Trick May Enable Quantum Computing | Quantum computing could solve problems that are difficult for traditional computer systems. It may seem like magic. One step toward achieving quantum computing even resembles a magician’s trick: levitation. A new project at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility will attempt this trick by levitating a microscopic particle in a superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) cavity to observe quantum phenomena.  Source: TJ National Laboratory (SciTechDaily).   Levitation: Classic Magic Trick May Enable Quantum Computing..