December 3, 2022

Will the US or China win the race for global quantum dominance?

Will the US or China win the race for global quantum dominance?
Will the US or China win the race for global quantum dominance?Will the US or China win the race for global quantum dominance?
HEFEI, CHINA - APRIL 18, 2021 - Aerial photo shows the Institute of Quantum Information and Quantum Technology Innovation at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Hefei, Anhui province, April 18, 2021. (Photo credit should read Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

The National Laboratory for Quantum Information Science in Hefei, China

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QUANTUM computers and networks, once merely physicists’ playthings, are increasingly seen as both a national security threat and a potential asset, with the theoretical ability to crack current encryption methods, but also improve artificial intelligence. The recently announced security pact between the UK, the US and Australia drew a lot of attention for its focus on nuclear-powered submarines, but this AUKUS deal also promised to share quantum technologies.

It makes sense for Australia and the UK to ally themselves with a …