TechPlomacy Talk LIVE: Quantum Computing meets Geopolitics

Saturday, Sep 7
14:15 — 14:45
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TechPlomacy Talk LIVE: Quantum Computing meets Geopolitics

Join Denmark’s Tech Ambassador Casper Klynge for this LIVE ‘TechPlomacy Talk’ with Charles Marcus, University of Copenhagen & principal researcher at Microsoft.

Enter the mystifying world of atomic particles and prepare for the laws of physics to change. Particles are waves, and waves are particles. Cats are both dead and alive at the same time. And computers are no longer either 1’s and 0’s, but 0’s, 1’s and 2’s at the same time. If you build a quantum computer, prepare for the World as you know it to change. Quantum computers could create countless possibilities within personalised medicine and drug research; climate models and energy-efficient materials; supply chain logistics or artificial intelligence. But with great (computer) power comes great responsibility, and quantum computing could vastly change how we look at cyber security and cryptography. Having in mind the global political landscape, what are the possible implications of quantum computing for international affairs? Will quantum computing wreak havoc in cyber space, or will it be able to solve the challenges we increasingly are faced with? And who will be at the forefront of the technological development?


Charles Marcus is one of the world’s leading scientists on quantum computing. Charles is a professor at the Niels Bohr Institute at University of Copenhagen and principal researcher for Microsoft, as the Director of the Center for Quantum Devices in Copenhagen. Marcus’s research areas include condensed matter physics, quantum coherent electronics and qubit implementations, topological states of matter and quantum computing.

Since 2017, Casper Klynge is the world’s first Tech Ambassador. On a global mandate by the Danish Government, he is located in Silicon Valley with teams in Copenhagen and Beijing liaising with the tech industry. Before that, he was the Ambassador of Denmark to Indonesia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea & ASEAN and the Republic of Cyprus and worked in several senior management positions for the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and NATO.

Techplomacy at Techfestival

15:00 – 16:00 Foreign Policy, Tech and Rights in the Digital Age.

15:00 – 15:45 Can Europe Succeed in an Increasingly Bipolar World? 

12:30 – 13:00 Cybersecurity: Should We Be Afraid, or Very Afraid?
14:15 – 14:45 Techplomacy Talk LIVE: Quantum computing meets geopolitics.

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