Researchers Announce New Quantum Internet

Episode 1714 (02:30)

"Quantum Internet"

Researchers have announced a theoretical new internet known as the Quantum Internet, which will use quantum entanglement to connect computers without a physical connection. And the government is investing $500-700 million a year to make it a reality. Researchers also claim that because of the nature of photons to connect, there will be absolute security with no means to hack into it, thanks to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

But early designs of quantum computers already connected to each other using fiber optics. But isn't that a connection?  Basically, Leo snarks that it's "magic!"  And since the project is in a very early stage of development, Leo thinks it's largely vaporware and will be for years to come.