A stylish new way of surfing the Internet is coming to Vienna this fall.
Researchers plan to flip the switch on the next step toward a quantum version
of the Internet. They will build a network allowing users to send each other
messages as virtually unbreakable ciphers, with privacy protected by the laws
of quantum physics.
net is admittedly just a prototype for research purposes. It is also not yet a
true quantum version of the Internet. Although it can transmit ordinary data
with quantum security, it can’t transfer quantum information, which encodes the
states of objects that obey quantum rules. Such a breakthrough might be years
off, but it’s getting closer.