DOE releases blueprint for national quantum internet

Dive Brief:
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled a report that details a strategy for developing a national quantum internet, which would use quantum mechanics to transmit information securely and quickly.

The DOE credits the Chicago region with laying crucial groundwork for building a quantum internet, including creating a 52-mile quantum loop network that helps researchers test the mechanics of this type of technology.

The “very ambitious” quantum internet project will “build a fundamentally new kind of internet, a fundamentally new way in which we communicate with each other and share information. It’s something that cannot be done with the existing internet,” David Awschalom, University of Chicago professor and senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, told Smart Cities Dive. The quantum internet is still in the research phase and a prototype could emerge in the next decade.