'Unhackable' Quantum Internet

The US Department of Energy revealed plans for the development of a national quantum internet.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shall carry out specified quantum science activities and convene a consortium to identify the future measurement, standards, cybersecurity, and other needs to support the development of a quantum information science and technology industry.

The National Science Foundation shall carry out a basic research and education program on quantum information science and engineering, and award grants for the establishment of Multidisciplinary Centers for Quantum Research and Education.

The Office of Science of DOE shall establish and operate National Quantum Information Science Research Centers to conduct basic research to accelerate scientific breakthroughs in quantum information science and technology.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, said:

“The Department of Energy is proud to play an instrumental role in the development of the national quantum internet. By constructing this new and emerging technology, the United States continues with its commitment to maintain and expand our quantum capabilities.”

Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago, states:

“The combined intellectual and technological leadership of the University of Chicago, Argonne, and Fermilab has given Chicago a central role in the global competition to develop quantum information technologies. This work entails defining and building entirely new fields of study, and with them, new frontiers for technological applications that can improve the quality of life for many around the world and support the long-term competitiveness of our city, state, and nation.”

“Argonne, Fermilab, and the University of Chicago have a long history of working together to accelerate technology that drives U.S. prosperity and security,” said Argonne Director Paul Kearns. “We continue that tradition by tackling the challenges of establishing a national quantum internet, expanding our collaboration to tap into the vast power of American scientists and engineers around the country.”

source Department of Energy