17 April 2020

Quantum Technologies and Services (IEEE Distinguished Industrial Lecture at Politecnico di Torino)

Today, we are witnessing a progressive diffusion of ultra-broadband fixed-mobile connectivity, the deployment of network and service platforms based on Cloud and Edge Computing, the booming of Artificial Intelligence … all of this for providing any sort of digital services for our daily life. It‘s the Digital Transformation of the Society.
It looks like we are embedding a sort of “nervous system” into the reality: wide adoption of mobile terminals-devices and the Internet of Things is allowing to collect enormous big data sets, which are transmitted by ultra-broadband, low latency network connections (e.g., 5G) to Cloud and Edge Computing Data Centers (DCs). These DCs, in turn, will store and elaborate the collected data in order to infer decisions which then will be exploited, locally, by actuators. It’s the feedback loop of any autonomic/nervous system.
There are big challenges in the future for granting sustainability: transmission and processing of enormous quantity of data in (almost) real time (to close the loops), the lowering of energy consumption, taming the “complexity”, increasing resilience, security.  But, Electronics starts facing physically fundamental bottlenecks.
Today, there is a growing interests - and several investments from Industries worldwide - about Quantum Technologies, and their potential exploitations for meeting the requirements of the future Internet.