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Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials

Wednesday 19th May 2021

14:00 - 16:30 GMT

Igor Linkov

Personal Reflection on 20yrs of Nano Risk Assessment and Relevance to Emerging Risks

Vicki Stone

A Framework to streamline nanomaterial innovation and risk assessment – The GRACIOUS project

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Stephanie Galaitsi

Ensuring Consumer Safety for Sex Toys and Robots

Quantum Computing

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Evan Peet

Securing Communications in the Quantum Computing Age: Managing the Risks to Encryption

Quantum Computing

Quantum computing could change the world. It could transform medicine, break encryption and revolutionise communications and artificial intelligence.

Quantum computers aren’t just about doing things faster or more efficiently. They’ll let us do things that we couldn’t even have dreamed of without them. Things that even the best supercomputer just isn’t capable of.

Quantum computing could change the world – but right now, its future remains uncertain.

Securing Communications in the Quantum Comptuing Age: Managing the Risks to Encryption

Professor Evan Peet, Pardee RAND Graduate School

The world is waiting for the first quantum computers, which are expected to revolutionize computing. Their unprecedented power may also enable them to crack the digital encryption system upon which the modern information and communication infrastructure depends. By breaking that encryption, quantum computing could jeopardize secure communications, financial transactions, and the support system for the global economy. This research explores those risks by assessing, first, how quickly quantum computers are likely to be developed; second, how quickly encryption that can withstand attacks by quantum computers, or postquantum cryptography (PQC), is likely to be standardized; and third, how quickly and widely PQC will be adopted. To do so, the authors employed a mixed-methods approach including expert elicitation and surveys to assess the likely events, risks, and uncertainties and recommend appropriate policies and risk-mitigation actions. The analysis concludes that the threat to the security of the modern communications infrastructure is urgent but manageable, and the authors offer recommendations to the U.S. government for responding.

Stephanie Galaitsi

Evan Peet is an economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on policies and costs. He has studies policies ranging from environmental, to healthcare, and emerging technologies. Dr. Peet is an expert in designing methods to capture the costs of policies, or the costs of their absence. Peet is an expert in cutting edge analytic methods incorporating big data, machine learning, and causal inference. Prior to joining RAND, Dr. Peet received his Ph.D. in economics from Duke University, then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in global and environmental health at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.