The internet as we know it today has become an integral part of our lives. We use this piece of technology on a daily, hourly, almost continuous basis. We use it at work, to relax, to socialize, to fact check our friends during an argument and even to control the thermostat at our homes. We can definitely claim that, despite the internet bubble in the 90’s, the technology has far outperformed its expectations of the early 60’s and 70’s in the societal and financial benefits it provided. Will the same bright future be reserved for the quantum internet? Will it deliver the same amount of societal and financial benefits to the world as its classical sibling has done?
To learn the answers to these intriguing questions and much more, read Bas Dirkse’s blog post over at the QuTech “Bits of Quantum” blog. Bas Dirkse is a second year PhD student in the group of Michael Walter at QuSoft and in the theory group of Stephanie Wehner at QuTech in Delft. His research focuses on the applications of a quantum internet, identifying crucial building blocks and developing new application in the domain of distributed systems.