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Weekly Newsletter - 27th Edition
Greetings of the day! Welcome to the 27th edition of weekly newsletter by OneQuantum India. Lot of actions and updates happening in our Indian Quantum Ecosystem be it Government, Defense, Private or Public Enterprises, all are marching ahead to get ahead in the future.
We are gearing up for our next event themed on Quantum Internet. Stay tuned for more updates on social media.
I continue to meet various professionals / founders / academia / government officials from the Quantum Community and look forward to setting up a one-on-one interaction with you soon.
Should you have any news to share or authored an article or have delivered a talk or participated in a panel discussion related to Quantum Computing and would wish us to cover the same, feel free to ping me on LinkedIn.
President India Region, OneQuantum
Quantum Supremacy & Indian Ecosystem
By creating the National Mission for Quantum Technology and Applications (NM-QTA) in 2020, India has entered the race to quantum computing. However, for India to keep up with China and the United States, it must identify and fix a few crucial policy gaps. These would not only make India a viable contender in the global quantum race but will also usher in a new era of technology policies in the country. The article also covers potential gaps in India’s approach. To begin with, India's quantum ecosystem is haphazardly constructed. While India has given quantum computing a billion-dollar boost, a robust multi-stakeholder network is lacking. It is unclear if India would prioritize near-term quantum uses, long-term applications, or both. The translation of research into real-world applications should be central to India's quantum endeavors. Next, the measures for evaluating the outcomes of India's quantum activities are not well defined. Obtaining quantum supremacy alone will not necessarily protect India's national interests. India has a tiny talent pool in the field of quantum computing in terms of capacity and qualified personnel. There are now just a few hundred researchers, industry experts, academicians, and entrepreneurs working in the country's quantum computing sector. India trails behind China and the United States.
Aadhaar is going global through cooperation to develop a digital identity system
According to UIDAI CEO Saurabh Garg, the body is also looking into quantum technologies to improve security and boost the number of transactions that can be done using Aadhaar. In a separate event on Thursday, Garg stated that UIDAI is collaborating with the World Bank and the United Nations to replicate the Aadhaar architecture in other countries. When questioned about UIDAI's technological efforts, Garg stated at the Infinity Forum event, "We want to look into quantum computing on how to increase security, blockchain, and we are also looking at artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)."
Vizag would play a significant role in unlocking IT potential
Union Minister of State for Electronics, IT, Skill Development, and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Chandrasekhar has stated that the 'virtual world' (IT industry) has enormous potential for growth, and Visakhapatnam, with its strategic location on the east coast, can play a critical role in this respect. Mr. Chandrasekhar, speaking on the occasion, stated that Visakhapatnam was one of four Indian cities where Centers of Excellence for IoT and AI had been created. The first was in Bengaluru four years ago, and it was quickly followed by ones in Gurgaon (Haryana), Gandhinagar, and now Visakhapatnam. Mr. Goutham Reddy stated that nine areas for development have been identified, including AI, Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation, H Computing (an extension of Cloud Computing), Cyber Security, Blockchain, and Quantum Computing. He stated that the state administration was committed to breaking new ground in technology and that a pilot project on 'Work from Home' was already underway. He referred to AMTZ as a "Kohinoor in Andhra Pradesh's crown."
Quantum Computing in Healthcare gets traction in Indian market
Some of India's top names in healthcare, biotech, and technology attended the virtual event. As part of its platinum jubilee celebrations, SCB Medical College & Hospital hosted a worldwide conclave on November 26th and 28th. Some of India's top names in healthcare, biotech, and technology attended the virtual event. Dr. Ramakanta Panda, the world's finest cardiovascular thoracic surgeon and vice chairman of the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai, presented the keynote lecture on the super convergence of technology in healthcare. Dr. Panda discussed how, soon, the confluence of technologies such as artificial intelligence, 5G, big data, augmented reality, virtual reality, genome sequencing, and quantum computing could alter patient care and medical education in unfathomable ways. About technology, Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of Infosys, spoke about imagining Indian healthcare for all. Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson of Biocon Limited in Bangalore, spoke about the company's research on inexpensive pharmaceuticals.
Is Quantum Internet on the horizon now?
After decades of slow-but-steady advancement, the deployment of ultra-powerful quantum computers in practical applications looks to be becoming a reality. According to Tony Uttley, president, and COO of Quantinuum, his business will disclose a big cybersecurity quantum project next week. "We're going to introduce our flagship service, which will use today's quantum computers—specifically, our own H Series quantum computers—to achieve something important." It's in the field of cybersecurity," he remarked this week at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Half Moon Bay, California. Uttley did not provide any other details, other than to note that while quantum computers "may be a threat," they can also be used to counter the same threat.
Video of the week
Quantum Networks: Realities and Opportunities
This event was hosted by Society for Electronic Transactions and Security (SETS) based out of Chennai. SETS is a R&D organization under Office of The Principle Scientific Advisor to the Government of India. Since its inception in 2002, SETS has been at the forefront of high-end research & development in the field of Cyber Security. The video has insightful presentations on long distance Quantum Communications, Quantum Experiments with Satellites, Quantum Network Architecture, and Introduction to QSim - India’s indigenous Quantum Simulator.