The ‘second quantum revolution’ is almost here. We need to make sure it benefits the many, not the fewQuantum technologies are expected to impact many aspects of our society, including health care, financial services, defence, weather modelling, and cyber security. The WEF is convening experts from industry, policy-making, and research to promote safe and secure quantum technologies by establishing an agreed set of ethical principles for quantum computing. Quantum computers are perhaps the best-known quantum technology, with companies like Google and IBM competing to achieve quantum computation. But framing this as a “race” to develop quantum technologies means prioritising urgency, commercial interests and national security at the expense of more civic-minded concerns. This process should clarify societal expectations for the emerging quantum technology sector and inform any national quantum initiative in Australia. We must look ahead to what a quantum society might entail and how the quantum design choices made today might impact how we live in the near future. Charting a path Last year, CSIRO released a roadmap that included a call for quantum stakeholders to explore and address social risks.
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