Quantum Loop: US Unveils Blueprint for 'Virtually Unhackable' Internet

Quantum Loop: US Unveils Blueprint for 'Virtually Unhackable' Internet”

United States officials and scientists have begun laying the groundwork for a more secure "virtually unhackable" Internet based on quantum computing technology.

Through the act, the United States intends to "use of the laws of quantum physics for the storage, transmission, manipulation, or measurement of information".

The US Energy Department says it plans to build a quantum internet that uses entangled particle to nearly instantly and securely transmit data across a fiber optic network.

According to the US Energy Department, "one of the hallmarks of quantum transmissions is that they are exceedingly hard to eavesdrop on as information passes between locations".

'Scientists plan to use that trait to make virtually unhackable networks.

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $7 million in funding for nine studies aimed at improving DOE's Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM), the first comprehensive model of the Earth system to take full advantage of the world-leading supercomputing capabilities at DOE's national laboratories.

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The department said early adopters could include the banking and health services sectors, adding that there would be applications for national security and aircraft communications.

The quantum sensors would reportedly allow engineers to predict earthquakes or search for underground oil and gold which has been a time consuming and at most times an impossible task.

Unlike the internet we now use, which transmits information by sending tiny particles down cables or fibre, quantum networks use the unusual behaviour of quantum bits, or "qubits", to transmit information at great speed. Such sensors could also have applications in health care and imaging. The University of Chicago is also involved in development efforts, and Fermilab said it is also working with the California Institute of Technology, Northwestern University and a few undisclosed tech startups to develop the architecture and eventually deploy quantum communication nodes across Chicago.

The technology could also prove to be a valuable research tool. Since quantum particles change as soon as they're observed, the network would be virtually "unhackable" according to the DOE.

They were successfully able to establish one of the longest land-based quantum networks in the nation. Other research groups are focused on developing a quantum cryptography system with highly secured information. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America's scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future.

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