A new documentary – Quantum Technology | Our Sustainable Future from The Quantum Daily, developed in partnership with Oxford Instruments Nanoscience – was released today with a call from industry experts to leverage the power of quantum computing in addressing the world’s urgent sustainability challenges.
The global premiere of Quantum Technology | Our Sustainable Future is available for viewing now on YouTube here.
The documentary features insights from leading quantum computing experts and tech giants such as Google, IBM and Intel, as well as start-ups such as SeeQC and PsiQuantum regarding how quantum technologies could help address key sustainability issues, including:
- reduce the energy use of datacenters and servers that underpin today’s digital world
- reduce the energy required for complex computations even as demand continues to rise in AI, optimization, simulation and more
- accelerate the development of new applications to address global sustainability such as carbon capture and battery development
- minimize quantum computing’s own potential environmental impact
Quantum computers use quantum phenomena such as superposition and entanglement to perform computations that can vastly outperform classical computers at certain tasks. The tasks quantum computers can do may lead to solutions for humankind’s most pressing challenges. Nonetheless, there continues to be significant obstacles to overcome before these machines are powerful enough to meet their expected potential.
“We have one planet, and these conversations must happen now,” said Stuart Woods, managing director of Oxford Instruments NanoScience, a leading provider of high technology material science tools and systems for research and industry. “The broad participation of industry thought leaders in this film shows the support and the importance of prioritizing sustainability in quantum technologies.”
The documentary features an array of leading voices in quantum computing, including:
- Alan Ho: Head of Product, Google Quantum AI
- Alexandre Blais: Advisory Board, Q4Climate
- Carl Williams: Deputy Director, Physical Measurement Laboratory at NIST
- Flaviu Cipcigan: Research Staff Member, IBM Research
- Hui Zhang: General Manager, Origin Quantum
- Ilana Wisby: CEO, Oxford Quantum Circuits
- Jingen Xiang: CEO, SpinQ
- John Levy: CEO, SeeQC
- Nicolas Sawaya: Research Scientist, Intel Labs
- Pete Shadbolt: CSO, PsiQuantum
- Richard Murray: CEO, ORCA Computing
- Stuart Woods: Managing Director, Oxford Instruments NanoScience
- Tamar Eilam: IBM fellow, IBM’s Thomas J Watson Research Centre
“I think it’s a sign of the times that, despite the broad range of potential applications for quantum computing, so many groups are specifically focused on climate change,” said Pete Shadbolt, CSO at PsiQuantum. “It’s inspiring to see the business community prioritize climate applications and acknowledge the gravity of the climate situation we are now in.”
“The responsible, ethical use of technology, such as quantum tech, will serve as an important tool for scientists, policymakers and citizens working for a cleaner, more sustainable world. Technology plays a dual role in combating climate change. We simply have no chance to win without technology. However, technology, and in particular AI and quantum, can be associated with a high carbon footprint cost. We must use technology responsibly,” said Tamar Eilam, Israeli-American scientist and IBM Fellow.
“The timing of quantum’s emergence to tackle climate change is propitious,” said Richard Murray, CEO of Orca Computing. “Climate change is a global challenge that will shape our lives over the next 10-50 years. While some of the answers to the climate catastrophe will come through behavioral changes, I’m of the belief that the biggest gains are to be had from technology. Quantum computing offers the chance for numerous breakthroughs that will allow us to continue our day-to-day lives in harmony with the planet and its resources. It creates ideas that can bring about new materials and products, while reducing the exorbitant hidden energy-cost of modern-day high-performance computing.”
“We recognize the centrality of sustainability in the development of quantum systems, both from an energy efficiency perspective as well as with the applications that quantum computers will address in areas such as climate modeling, material science and energy,” said John Levy, CEO of SeeQC. “We are pleased to participate on this important documentary with our colleagues in the quantum space to highlight our collective work on a global scale.”
Expanding the conversation
By focusing on one of the key issues brought up during discussions about quantum ethics, the documentary seeks to expand on The Quantum Daily’s first documentary-short – Quantum Ethics | A Call to Action that was aimed at raising awareness and generating discussion about the ethical decisions that face society in the quantum era.
“Our team is driving important conversations in the global quantum technology industry, ranging from ethics to commercialization,” said Alex Challans, CEO of The Quantum Daily. “The documentary highlights that the environment and sustainability are important issues for the industry’s leading pioneers as they look to build out their roadmaps, and that these new technologies are seen as a potential force for positive change.”