Recently, a team of Chinese scientists pulled off quantum teleportation from Earth to space. And a related team of Chinese scientists achieved quantum entanglement over the longest distance ever measured. China’s quantum scientists are blowing their competition out of the water, establishing their position at the forefront of the field and cementing their lead in the global race to invent the quantum internet.
Part of the reason for their epic lead is because they’ve got a one-of-a-kind quantum satellite called Micius.
China uses Micius to explore the basic science necessary to build the “quantum internet” — a hyper-secure, superfast network, operating with the aid of the spookiest quantum mechanics, that could one day supplant or augment our current world wide web.
—With New Satellite China Leads the World in Quantum Entanglement
A Washington Post mention of the subject made me laugh,
In news that I barely understand, Chinese scientists have “teleported” a photon from the ground to a satellite orbiting hundreds of miles above in outer space. They used a process called “quantum entanglement,” which I can’t even begin to explain to you, but it sounds very much like science fiction. See this summary in MIT’s Technological Review for more details, or consult an episode of Star Trek.
I’m with that fellow, but for me the most important thing about this is China doesn’t share Trump’s aversion to science, and their investment will pay off handsomely for them in the future.
I agree with Chris Uhlmann, an Australian journalist who recently wrote,
Donald Trump has pressed fast forward on the decline of the United States as a global leader.