By David Awschalom
Around the world, a race is under way to develop the revolutionary potential of quantum engineering and technology.
This global quantum race has a healthy element of urgency and even national rivalry, but it will also require an extremely high level of international cooperation and collaboration spanning universities, government and industry. The opportunities for working together across borders will be immense in the coming years and global research institutions that are developing strengths in quantum engineering should start seizing those chances now.
Quantum engineering has the potential to be one of the most transformative technologies of the next half-century. This new field of applied science harnesses the strange rules of quantum mechanics that govern nature’s smallest particles. We are learning to exploit these quantum peculiarities, such as particles that exist in two states at the same time or remain entangled across long distances, to develop entirely new kinds of devices, materials and computing techniques.