A plea for ethical quantum technology

A plea for ethical quantum technology

The Stanford Responsible Quantum Technology Conference on Novel Quantum Applications and Use Cases is scheduled to take place at Stanford Law School on May 22, 2023. The conference will feature discussions and presentations on cutting-edge quantum technologies and their applications. It will bring together experts from academia, industry, and government to explore the responsible use of quantum technology.

One of the key topics to be discussed at the conference is the ethical and regulatory implications of quantum technologies. This includes dual-use export controls, as outlined in Regulation (EU) 2021/821, which sets up an EU regime for the control of exports, brokering, technical assistance, transit, and transfer of dual-use items. This regulation aims to ensure that quantum technologies are used responsibly and ethically.

Researchers at institutions like Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and Stanford Law School have also been working on establishing principles for responsible quantum innovation. Their work highlights the importance of considering ethical and societal implications in the development and deployment of quantum technologies.

Additionally, tools such as Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Prompts and Practice Cards have been developed to support responsible practices in the field of quantum technology. These tools provide guidance on how to navigate ethical challenges and ensure that quantum technologies are developed and used in a responsible manner.

The Stanford Center for Responsible Quantum Technology is also actively involved in projects related to quantum hardware, simulation, and education. These projects aim to advance quantum technology in a way that is ethical, transparent, and beneficial to society. Through research, education, and collaboration, the center is working towards a future where quantum technologies are used responsibly and ethically.

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