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30th Anniversary of the Internet in Australia Celebrations sees claim of quantum supremacy

By Peter Coroneos

Last week, we brazenly claimed quantum supremacy at the 30th Anniversary of the Internet in Australia Celebrations when we applied an Australian-developed QuintessenceLabs true quantum powered random number generator to draw eight lucky door prizes – to the amazement and delight of our audience.

Our claim was supremacy in the randomisation of door prizes. Given the unlikely idea - that anyone, anywhere should have dreamed of using such sophisticated tech for such a simple task, we’re pretty confident it was indeed a world first.

But underlying the demonstration was a serious point. As we enter the fourth decade of the Internet in Australia, with cybersecurity now front and centre, how we protect our data and how we innovate to stay ahead of the threats is a real challenge.

I’m grateful to Vikram Sharma, the founder and CEO of Canberra-based QuintessenceLabs who quickly agreed to the idea of this demo and it’s feasibility, to Andreas Baumhof (VP of Technology) who created the 3D interface which enabled the random selection of the winning numbers, and to Kaz Private’s Con Kazacos and his team, who loaned us the quantum machine in question.

This is an example of great Aussie innovation (applied at our event in a quirky way for sure) but a world beating technology nonetheless, which will help reshape the future of secure commerce and communications. The ingenious device which has been engineered to fit on a PCI component the size of a mobile phone, relies on quantum tunneling to deliver true randomization. qStream™ provides encryption keys with full entropy, at a rate of 1Gbps, the worlds fastest.

A video of the demo is embedded below, the article continues, please read on!

Thanks also to our prize donors, Ncrypt Cellular for the anti ballistic laptop panel insert (yes it does stop real bullets), the faraday shield for mobile phones, and the Keexle portable VPN wireless hub, to RealMe for the two flagship 64 megapixel smartphones (Australia’s first), cloudAshur Hardware Cloud Encryption module from SecureDrive Australia.

[Please mention the 30th Anniversary of the Internet in Australia Celebrations when you call our sponsors to receive extra special attention.]

The full videos of the event can be seen here

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