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Policy implications of Quantum Computing

18 November 2021 - Late morning - Login for venue

Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister Digital, Science & Technology

Quantum computing is an emerging technology that offers enormous new capabilities, but, like many novel technologies, quantum computing is likely to have both positive and negative impacts. The potentially hugely powerful new forms of computing power could be applied widely – in artificial intelligence, financial technology, healthcare, basic scientific research, materials development and many more areas. For example, optimisation capabilities in the development of new medicines, could drastically reduce the cost of drug development. Such powerful new computing tools, however, will pose risks to existing encryption methods for data communications and increase dangers to individuals, businesses and governments from criminals and malign foreign governments. For businesses, quantum computing will provide major new opportunities for innovation and could have an economic impact comparable to the invention of the Internet or the World Wide Web. This expert panel will discuss these key issues and how the UK might improve its preparations for the responsible development of quantum computing.

Speakers include:

Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister Digital, Science & Technology
Marina Jirotka, Professor of Human Centred Computing, University of Oxford
Carolyn Ten Holter, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Oxford

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