They already offer possible solutions to some of our greatest challenges in society and provide future capabilities that are yet to be explored. These technologies hold the potential to tackle intricate problems that currently surpass the capacities of even the most advanced classical computers and will allow us to reach new frontiers in sensing, timing, imaging, and communications. Over the next ten years, quantum technologies are expected to revolutionise many aspects of life in the UK and bring enormous benefits such as helping to grow our economy and create well-paid jobs across the country – one of the Prime Minister’s five priorities.
- An exponential increase in computing power from quantum computers could revolutionise our healthcare system - from dramatically improved drug discovery techniques to providing personalised treatment to an individual based on genetic and environmental factors.
- Quantum sensing and imaging can provide unprecedented insight about what lies beneath the ground - saving billions in environmental monitoring and on large-scale construction projects.
- Quantum clocks and communication could help us develop new navigation and timing capabilities without the need for a satellite link, providing even greater resilience for railways, telecommunications and emergency services.
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