Quantum physics is often equated with abstract research at the atomic and subatomic level. Little attention has long been paid to the fact that this science could be fundamental for future technologies.
"Without quantum physics, there would be no transistors and no lasers. There would be no cell phones, no Internet, no Facebook," says Tommaso Calarco.
He is not alone in being convinced that we are on the threshold of a second quantum revolution.
The European Commission is funding the 10-year EU Quantum Flagship Consortium, initiated by Calarco and involving over 5,000 scientists, to the tune of 1 billion euros. And the German government is currently awarding 2 billion euros for the "Quantum Computer Made in Germany" mission.
Ultra-precise quantum sensors, error-free quantum simulations and super-fast quantum computers promise to make an essential contribution to medical diagnostics, mobility, cyber-security and many other areas of society and thus inspire the quantum dream of research and industry.
No wonder, then, that alongside companies such as Google and IBM, nations such as the USA, China, Canada, Japan and others have long since joined in the race for the technology of the future. But who is winning the race?
Prof. Dr. Tommaso Calarco heads the Institute for Quantum Control as part of the Peter Grünberg Institute at Forschungszentrum Jülich. His Quantum Manifesto was signed by over 3,500 scientists and laid the foundation for today's EU flagship research project on quantum technology, which he coordinates.
As part of the International Science Festival - Geist Heidelberg.
The international race for the technology of the future
Geist Heidelberg Lecture
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