Responsible Quantum Technologies

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Responsible Quantum Technologies

Symposium 2021
Responsible Quantum Technologies, Online Symposium, 9th December 2021, 15:00
photo source: IBM

The second quantum revolution has been ongoing for more than two decades now and many countries around the globe have noticed the promises of these technologies. Just in the last decade, the number of publicly supported national initiatives grew from zero to more than 15, with globally more than 20 B€ of public investments allocated or planned. Both the number of new publications per year and patents granted on quantum technologies (QT) has also been climbing steadily for the last decade, so has been the number of start-ups being founded and established companies getting into the field. Finally, the field started receiving attention from private funding sources in recent years, which some have been calling the ‘quantum gold rush’. Within two decades, QT became a strong contender for a potential future industry from a topic that was mainly discussed in physics conferences.

All this rapid development triggered a sort of quantum 'race', where countries, companies, and institutions compete to become the first to achieve a checkpoint or to be the current best at some quantum benchmark. However, it is also noted by many that the real/transformative effects of QT on society will be in the long run. In this respect, we would like to initiate a discussion on responsibility and introduce QT as a noteworthy emerging topic for technology assessment (TA) studies.

This event aimed to be a first step towards establishing connections between the QT and TA communities and to introduce some current discussions in the QT community to a new audience. It was organized as a collaboration between the QuTec project under KIT-ITAS, and the QuTE4E open outreach pilot project under the QTEdu Coordination and Support Action of the Quantum Flagship program.


Please find the recordings of this event on Youtube.


15:00 - 15:30 Opening statementsArmin Grunwald (ITAS)
15:30 - 16:00 QTEdu and QuTE4E - Oxana Mishina (CNR-INO / QTEdu CSA) and Zeki Seskir (ITAS)
16:00 - 16:15 Responsibility in QT - Tara Roberson / pre-recorded talk (University of Queensland)
16:15 - 17:15 Panel on RRI and Ethics in QT - Alexei Grinbaum (CEA-Saclay), Marija Radulovic (University of Bristol / QECTD), Mark Jackson (Cambridge Quantum), Pieter Vermaas (TU Delft)
17:15 - 17:30 Break
17:30 - 18:45 Panel on Responsible Outreach for QT- Carrie Weidner (Aarhus University / ScienceAtHome), Fabio Scafirimuto (IBM Zurich), Oxana Mishina (CNR-INO / QTEdu CSA), Paweł Gora (QWorld / Quantum AI Foundation)
18:45 - 19:15 Open discussion
19:15 - 19:30 Closing statementsChristopher Coenen (ITAS)


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