Trump administration lays the groundwork for quantum internet in the US

The Trump administration’s 2021 budget request contains $237 million in funding to support quantum information research. Quantum information science harnesses the behavior of particles to make calculations in fundamentally new ways. Of that, the US Department of Energy has requested $25 million to accelerate the development of a quantum internet.

Charlie Wood for CNBC:

quantum internetSuch a network would leverage the counterintuitive behavior of nature’s particles to manipulate and share information in entirely new ways, with the potential to reinvent fields including cybersecurity and material science.

While the traditional internet for general use isn’t going anywhere, a quantum network would offer decisive advantages for certain applications: Researchers could use it to develop drugs and materials by simulating atomic behavior on networked quantum computers, for instance, and financial institutions and governments would benefit from next-level cybersecurity. Many countries are pursuing quantum research programs, and with the 2021 budget proposal, the Trump administration seeks to ramp up that effort.

“That level of funding will enable us to begin to develop the groundwork for sophisticated, practical and high-impact quantum networks,” says David Awschalom, a quantum engineer at the University of Chicago. “It’s significant and extremely important.”

After immediate applications such as unbreakable encryptions, he speculates that such a network could also lead to seismic sensors capable of logging the vibration of the planet at the atomic level, but says that the biggest consequences will likely be the ones no one sees coming. He compares the current state of the field to when electrical engineers developed the first transistors and initially used them to improve hearing aids, completely unaware that they were setting off down a path that would someday bring social media and video conferencing.

MacDailyNews Take: There are 3 types of people in this world:

  1. Those who understand quantum computing.
  2. Those who do not understand quantum computing.
  3. And those who simultaneously do and do not understand quantum computing.


    1. Did Obama ever budget for quantum computing? If he did, would that be pork? Or would he be praised to the high heavens? Just sayin… think we all know the answer to that one. Hallelujah!!

        1. Everything the Obamination did SHOULD be canceled. He hates the US and want to destroy it. Only a fuccking idiot would think otherwise. Go Biden, senility and stupidity for all!!!

    2. On July 29, 2015 Obama signed an executive order budgeting 318 million to the National Strategic Computer Initiative (NSCI) which included funds for research in exsacale computing. All things considered sounds like a lot of pork. Oink oink

    3. Basic research is the OPPOSITE of a pork project. It’s essential for technological leadership, and part of what makes our country great. The internet was developed with government money (via the military’s DARPA wing). Quantum computing might be just as revolutionary. Or not. But it’s certainly worth funding a lot more than some other budget items I can think of.

      1. Technological leadership? Internet? Make our country great?

        Sorry, we don’t need any of that here. We automatically reject anything supported or proposed by Trump even if it’s something that’s actually good.

        Biden / Reade 2020!

    4. I don’t think you know the meaning of “pork barrel spending.” Pork refers to federal funds that a Congressman appropriates and earmarks to benefit his/her own district or state. Since we don’t know how the recipients of this money will be chosen, it’s hard to say at this point that it’s pork. If the DOE uses its standard process to award grants, then it would not be considered pork. Regardless, $25 million, or even $200 million, is a VERY, VERY SMALL slice of pork. Relative to the federal budget, it is a negligible amount.

      FWIW, I’m from WV, and I know about pork.

  1. Trump-speak:
    “A lot of people are saying this Quantum Internet thing is going to happen. People think it’s going to happen. A lot of people tell me. That’s just what I had heard. It would be outstanding, whatever it is. It will be huge, humongous. The people behind it are incredible people. Phenomenal people. Unbelievable top people from what I’ve heard. And I’ve been hearing good things. It will be beautiful and tremendous, or so they say. So we’ll have to wait and see.”

    Trumpslation: “I have no idea what I’m talking about or what it is. Will it make me look good and get re-elected? Where do I sign?”

      1. So you care more about his motives than him supporting “something actually good”? I can tell you’re a critical thinker

        1. A convenient specious conclusion from a moron who forgot his objectivity and responsibility to this country about electing reality TV stars aka lowest possible candidate to the highest office of the land. Your dubious values and character align with Trump’s malfeasance and brain dead persona perfectly.


            Your response to @
            Trump’s motives Trump his actions, as follows.

            “A convenient specious conclusion”

            No conclusion was reached, other than your own. Very simply a hypothetical question you FAILED TO ANSWER and went off on a deflection insulting tirade — I’ll gladly point out below.

            “from a moron who forgot his objectivity”

            No answer to TMT, yet you proceed to insult a person for posting a question and then a lame attempt to discredit objectivity?

            “responsibility to this country about electing reality TV stars”

            No answer to TMT, what responsibility and a ridiculous thing to say that amounts to nothing except deflection.

            “aka lowest possible candidate to the highest office of the land.”

            No answer to TMT, again. Is that right? “Lowest possible candidate.” Well the biased Media and their FAKE polls agreed with you and your ilk right up until Election Day 2016.

            How does it feel to be part of what was so wrong historically, and left out of the the most remarkable and unprecedented Presidential election WINNER CIRCLE in U.S. history, hmmm? 🧐

            No answer required. Obvious by your post you can’t handle it to this day almost four years later. Still can’t come to terms with the will of the American people fed up with Big Government and Dishonest Democrats that talk out of both sides of their mouth DAILY and will knowingly LIE, simply a tool for power. You just don’t see it.

            Well, it was and continue to be refreshing the will of the American people was heard and will be heard again — President Trump 2020!… 👍🏻🇺🇸🦅

      2. Libturd motive are NEVER suspect. The alway choose the wrong path. Hilderbeast and biden, a criminal and a molesting demential patient are perfect examples

    1. Thanks for all the stars. Looks like I hit a raw nerve with you. You can vote with mouseclick fake stars, but you can’t respond with words. Speechless and… priceless

      1. I don’t know what the hell you are talking about but accepting total failure in every aspect of your life is apparently hard for you. As is your Trump inspired illiterate ability to express yourself and defend your un-defendable positions. Nice use of unimaginative age-old troll cliches too but then you are devoid of original thought. Goes with your territory.

        1. HERE WE GO AGAIN.

          Your response to @Trumpslation

          “I don’t know what the hell you are talking about”

          That’s because you have a reading comprehension PROBLEM.

          I got the point of the post immediately, what’s your problem? Would it be a river in Egypt? 🤣

          “accepting total failure in every aspect of your life is apparently hard for you.”

          NO! What is “apparently hard for you” is your lack of reading comprehension, processing points made in posts and an intelligent response, MINUS juvenile name calling.

          “As is your Trump inspired illiterate ability to express yourself”

          Wow! Talk about clueless STUPIDITY! The post is clear as Gin, AGAIN, you have a reading comprehension problem.

          “Nice use of unimaginative age-old troll cliches too but then you are devoid of original thought.”

          Yes, they are “nice” and finally you understand a minor point.

          “devoid of original thought.” You can’t have it BOTH WAYS. “Nice” I interpret as “original thought” and obviously you contradict yourself, too easy and pity.

          It was and continue to be refreshing the will of the American people was heard and will be heard again — President Trump 2020!… 👍🏻🇺🇸🦅

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