U.S. Government Plans to Build ‘Virtually Unhackable’ Internet using quantum technology
The United States has begun to create it’s own virtually unhackable based on quantum computing technology within a decade. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has said if it going to be built it would “a new era of communications” and push the U.S. to the “forefront of the global quantum race. Unquestionably, it can be the greatest invention of the 21st century.
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) officials issued a report that lays out a blueprint strategy for the development of a national quantum internet, using laws of quantum mechanics to transmit information more securely than on existing networks. The plan was announced during a July 23 press conference at the University of Chicago.
The full report from DOE, “From Long-distance Entanglement to Building a Nationwide Quantum Internet,” covers all the critical objectives from building and integrating quantum network devices through to expanding the network between cities and ultimately the state.
The scientists from DOE is working with universities and industry researchers on the engineering for the initiative to create a prototype within 10 years. The aim is to create a parallel, more secure network based on quantum “entanglement,” or the transmission of sub-atomic particles.
With consent with the National Quantum Initiative Act that President Trump signed in December 2018, the participants prepared the strategic ground for a national internet built around the principles of quantum mechanics.
Scientists from the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois, along with those from the University of Chicago, have already created a 52-mile “quantum loop” in the Chicago suburbs. The next step will be to add the DOE Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois to establish an 80-mile testbed. A quantum internet will not be unhackable: it will likely be much harder for anyone to eavesdrop on the transmission of encrypted data using quantum key distribution (QKD).