Henk Kamp, Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, and also EU president, stated: "Globally, there is a technology race going on between researchers from Europe, the United States and China to be the first to develop a quantum computer with additional processing power. With support from the Dutch government the Dutch research institute QuTech occupies a leading position in this development." He continued: "To transform this promising technology into practical applications, European cooperation is needed. Only then, we will manage to benefit not only scientifically, but also economically from the opportunities offered by quantum technology in the future."
Commissioner Oettinger for Digital Economy and Science, stated: "Building on the strong support for the Quantum Manifesto, we want to launch an ambitious, large-scale and groundbreaking initiative. This will enable us to unlock the full potential of quantum technology, accelerate the development and develop products for consumers. Europe wants to be a leader in the global race to develop quantum technologies and promote their use by the industry. No country succeeds alone, cooperation is essential to succeed. We must act now to jointly make succeed this major European initiative."
The Netherlands endeavour during the European Presidency to bring together in a joint programme leading research institutes for quantum technology, such as QuTech, and enterprises all over Europe. The Netherlands are therefore hosting the special Quantum Europe conference where 300 scientists and entrepreneurs are coming together. Even after the presidency The Netherlands will continue to play a coordinating role in the preparations for the European programme for quantum technology.
The quantum computer makes use of the special properties of tiny particles called quantum bits. These particles can provide an enormous computational capacity, thereby quickly and efficiently analyzing huge amounts of data. Such computing power is necessary in order to develop even more precise measuring instruments and sensors, which, for example, help to accurately determine the effects of medication on an individual person.
In addition to financial contributions by companies like Microsoft and Intel, the Dutch government will invest more than 146 million euro in QuTech in ten years time. In 2014, this research institute was appointed by the government as one of the four National Icons. These are innovations that have the potential to ensure future prosperity and that can contribute to solving global issues.
The Quantum Manifesto is available for download now.