We are at the cusp of a technological revolution, one where technologists master the special physics of the smallest particles, promising to provide capabilities that are, somewhat paradoxically, extraordinarily large.

Quantum information science is the merger of quantum physics and information theory. Law and Policy for the Quantum Age explains the genesis of these theories and the resulting quantum technologies that are so exciting today: quantum sensing, quantum computing, and quantum communication.

Quantum technologies are poised to change our lives. Nation states are pouring billions into basic research. Companies operate secretive, moon-shot research labs seeking to build quantum computers. Militaries and intelligence agencies operate ambitious research projects to monitor adversaries.

What will quantum technologies mean for people? Are they “winner take all” technologies where one nation—and its industrial base—will be the anchor point for a revolution as powerful as the personal computer or the internet?

Tomorrow’s likely developments in QIS will have consequences for how we will measure and sense the world, for how we will communicate, and for how computing will work. This book starts a dialogue anticipating their consequences and seeding a policy approach for the quantum age.

Book by Chris Jay Hoofnagle & Simson L. Garfinkel forthcoming Cambridge University Press (2021)