Quantum hocus-pocus

K Svozil
2016 Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics  
The claims made in a manifesto resulting in the European quantum technologies flagship initiative in quantum technology and similar enterprises are taken as starting point to critically review some potential quantum resources, such as coherent superposition and entanglement, and their potential usefulness for parallelism and communication. Claims of absolute, irreducible (non-epistemic) randomness are argued to be metaphysical. Cryptanalytic man-in-the-middle attacks on quantum cryptography are
more » ... um cryptography are well known to be feasible, but hardly mentioned. If all of this is taken into account, a more sober perspective on quantum capacities emerges, but one that may be ethically more justified than the "hype and magic" that drives many current initiatives.
doi:10.3354/esep00171 fatcat:osqtgldc55fntb4gnbkv35c5om