At IEEE Quantum Week (QCE20), Quantropi rubbed shoulders with numerous visionary quantum scientists, academics, and industry leaders from IBM, Microsoft, Honeywell, Princeton University, University of Victoria, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and more. We were particularly impressed by the panelists who participated in the discussion on Enabling and Growing the Quantum Industry. These included Ofer Naaman from Google, Chad Hoyt from Honeywell, and Thomas Ohki from Raytheon BBN.
What was especially intriguing was the concept of the “trough of disillusionment”. This gap prevents the quantum industry from growing at too fast a pace. So how can the gap be bridged? One way is to invest more resources into quantum research therefore increasing the pace of innovation. The quantum “stack” is already quite high, consisting of not just qubit chips, but other critical elements as well. These highly-engineered elements must work in tandem to realize high-performance, scalable, and practical quantum systems. This is only possible with the right “enabling” technologies; which is why accelerating the pace of innovation in these areas is critical.
For example, take the issue of cybersecurity for the quantum age; a lot of funds and brainpower are being directed towards finding “quantum-safe” solutions to protect the systems and data that are the mainstay of our digital economy. Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) is considered by many – in scientific, academic and business circles – a promising standard, along with Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC). However, the quantum age is closer than previously thought, so we question whether these solutions actually provide the protection we need today to stay safe from its fast-approaching risks. QKD, though highly secure, is susceptible to environmental noise. Plus, it’s expensive to implement at scale. PQC algorithms too, are prohibitively expensive. Moreover, despite the excitement surrounding them, these solutions are also not an ideal long-term solution.
Quantropi is constantly pushing the innovation envelope by researching and developing ground-breaking quantum-safe security solutions. Our patented Quantum Entropy Expansion and Propagation (QEEP™) solutions combine the best attributes of PQC and QKD – with none of their real-world disadvantages. Fast, lightweight, energy-efficient and ultra-high-entropy, QEEP™ effectively secures data against all manner of advanced quantum threats on existing infrastructure. To know more, visit our website or explore our resources (free to download).