Is there progress is the midst?
The Internet has made our world an unthinkably complex place within just a 40-year spam. During this time, humans have realized that even though this technological advancement has created progress in society, there was still much to be done. For example, back in 2012, when NASA’s Mars Rover landed on Mars, the signal took 14 minutes to travel from Mars to Earth. For 14 minutes, the project had to wait with uncertainty to know where it had all gone according to plan or had simply failed. A flaw.
The way the current Internet system is arranged is based on a set of underground cables that transmit every bit of information you send to another digital terminal through your hardware, like cell phone, tablet computer etc. This information is encrypted and sent to another point of the terminal. In general, cables are set to disappear and that’s what quantum Internet seeks.
Quantum Internet assumes two particles that share unlimited entanglement; if one particle changes, the other reacts. If you could pick a very specific set of particles among the 10^80 that compose our known universe, you could use the complementary set of particles in the other end of the universe and send your favorite song, all without cables.
Who will win the quantum Internet race? No one knows, but for sure China was able to communicate two entangled particles from Earth to space at a distance greater than 1,200 kilometers. This is the equivalent of the first telegraph dot sent from town to town nearly 200 years ago. Is there progress is the midst?
Latin American Post | David Eduardo Rodríguez Acevedo
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