Quantum Technologies – Unleashing Disruptive Potential
Rarely have experts agreed so unanimously on something: Quantum technologies will become a real game changer, promising a wide range of applications with unprecedented precision and performance. Whether it’s medicine, logistics or cyber security, whether it’s industrial applications or basic academic research – many of the upcoming developments are hard to foresee, but it is clear that we are looking at an enormous disruptive potential for industry and society. Bitkom’s Quantum Summit is your possibility to experience the newest developments in quantum technologies.
On 26 and 27 May 2021, attendees had the opportunity to connect virtually with major players from both the provider and the user side, with researchers, startups, politicians and public administration, as well as internationals guests. We provided an overview and an introduction to quantum technologies and showed how today’s decisions – politically, economically and technologically – are shaping the future in Europe and across the world.
In interactive sessions, we invited our attendees to exchange knowledge with quantum experts and decision makers and get to know some of the first applications of quantum technologies. We discussed the most pressing questions, such as technical challenges, political regulation, and interdisciplinary cooperation.
The field of possible applications for quantum solutions is vast – at the Quantum Summit you will learn which concrete solutions already exist, how they are shaping the technology landscape as we know it and which role Europe will play in this.
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Discuss the current issues on quantum technologies
Quantum Computing and Quantum Simulation
Combining the fields of quantum physics, information theory and computer science, quantum computers are able to use the quantum effects that form the physical limits of classical computers. Compared to these, which can only perform one calculation at a time, quantum systems enable the processing of multiple parallel operations which allows them to solve tasks in extremely short times. Quantum simulation attempts to simulate complex quantum systems that cannot be calculated today. The simulation of proteins, for example, has enormous potential in drug development. The sheer limitless opportunities of the expected computing power raises hopes for massive breakthroughs in a variety of areas.
Quantum Communication and Quantum Cryptography
Secure communication infrastructures are key to our digital society. Quantum computers may one day be able to break many current encryption methods and will have a significant impact on the security of our communications – both positive and negative. Our security systems need to be fundamentally revised and adapted. The solution lies in quantum communication and (post-) quantum cryptography, whose encryption even a quantum computer cannot break.
Quantum Metrology, Quantum Sensing & Other Quantum Technologies
Utilizing quantum effects will help us go beyond the limits of our current technologies, with new sensing, metrology and imaging technologies enabling disruptive innovations. Quantum metrology explores how quantum effects can be used to further improve the accuracy of measurements. Quantum sensing takes advantage of the high sensitivity of quantum systems, allowing the development of entirely new types of sensors. Quantum enhanced imaging uses quantum effects to produce better images than even the most advanced microscopes.
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