World Quantum Day is the brainchild of a group of quantum scientists from across the globe who developed the event to raise awareness about the importance of quantum science and technology.
It’s not the most celebrated day on the calendar. While Taco Tuesday registers about 2.9 million hashtags on Facebook and nearly 1.7 million users of the social media site have tagged a post on National Sibling Day, World Quantum Day 2023 typically notches about 1,000 tags and probably won’t pull in that many views and hits on the social media site as pictures of your brothers, sisters and tacos.
What this piece will argue is that — not to knock your immediate family members and certainly not to trivialize the absolute importance of tacos — World Quantum Day recognizes a powerful technology that is poised to make your life, your siblings’ lives — not so sure about tacos — better.
Here are the top reasons why everyone should celebrate World Quantum Day.
Cross Field Revolutions
People might think World Quantum Day is just for quantum physicists. It’s not. Quantum technologies have the potential to revolutionize many — if not most — fields, including computing, cryptography, telecommunications and materials science.
More (Computing) Power For All
Eventually, most people will benefit from the increased computing power offered by quantum computers as part of mix of classical, supercomputers and quantum computers. This hybrid computational juggernaut will work on problems that classical computers struggle to solve on their own. This could lead to significant advances in fields such as drug discovery, finance and climate modeling.
Everyone’s data is at risk in the post-quantum era. But quantum cryptography also has the potential to provide unbreakable security. That could lead to better security in important sectors for us, such as online banking and national security.
Quantum computing and other forms of quantum technologies may pay off in improved energy efficiency. The technology could lead to discoveries that pave the way for more efficient energy production and storage, which could help address global energy challenges. Quantum computing, at least theoretically, should lead to much better computational efficiency, which would cut down on the huge energy footprint of today’s data centers.
It’s possible that one day quantum communication will help send messages over long distances that are, as noted, more secure and faster. If so, quantum comm would lead to a transformative way that we will share data.
Metamaterials For Me And You
Quantum technologies could lead to the development of new materials with completely original properties. Think cheap superconductors and materials that aren’t just stronger but also lighter.
Sensing Better Things Ahead
Quantum sensors has implications for many fields. can detect extremely small changes in physical quantities, such as magnetic fields, which could have applications in medicine, environmental monitoring, and navigation.
Fundamental Research, Future Breakthroughs
We probably won’t deeply understand quantum mechanics without quantum technologies. Because quantum mechanics is at the heart of the quest to better understand reality, these technologies provide a powerful tool for exploring the fundamental laws of physics. That understanding could lead to new discoveries and insights.
Successfully creating quantum technologies have the potential to build entirely new industries and jobs. Quantum tech will also offer economic benefits for countries and companies that invest in their development.
It’s Quantum, Dammit!
You don’t often get a chance to explore science’s biggest mysteries. We’ve been waiting a century to really understand quantum mechanics. Quantum technologies are a rapidly evolving and exciting field, with new breakthroughs and discoveries happening all the time. Celebrating quantum technologies is a way to acknowledge and support this important area of research and development. Hopefully, this excitement causes students to enroll in quantum science programs, stirs businesses to explore quantum products and services and encourages governments to invest in quantum programs that will benefit their citizens.