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CarrQuantum Information Science: Building Positive International Relationships through Near-Future Technologies
Lincoln Carr [view bio]
September 9, 2022, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Eastern Time

Registration is required in advance of the lecture. Please register online for either in-person attendance or attending virtually.

Quantum physics was invented in the 1920s and has continued developing for over a century to create vital technologies we all use every day, such as lasers and magnetic resonance imaging. Quantum physics is presently undergoing a fusion with current information technology to invent new modes of sensing and measurement such as GPS-independent navigation; new secure forms of communication including the structure of the future internet; and new concepts in computing with the potential for extreme speed-up on key computing tasks ranging from all-pervasive encryption protocols to radical new forms of quantum matter. We call this fusion Quantum Information Science (QIS). In this talk, I will first give simple explanations of what QIS is, how it works, and what present and near-future technologies it is generating. Then I will review the six pillars of the U.S. National Quantum Initiative with a special focus on the sixth pillar, international cooperation. How can we use these powerful technologies, some of them with the potential to do great good or great harm, to enhance human well-being and create positive international relationships? How does QIS fit into the bigger picture of critical and emerging technologies? What lessons might we learn from building international cooperation in QIS that can be applied toward creating a positive playing field for science and technology writ large? How do we balance, on the one hand, open science, support for the international scientific community, and research integrity; with, on the other hand, dual-use and research security concerns?

Jefferson Science Fellowship Distinguished Lecture - Lincoln Carr from The National Academies on Vimeo.