Nodes of One Network event
The good, the bad
and the unexpected
During the Nodes of One Network Community event, we organized a workshop to illustrate the complex task of realizing societal impact with quantum technologies. To an audience of almost 50 participants from the QDNL ecosystem, we asked the following questions:
- Is the concept of the qubit a good starting point to explain quantum technologies (and in particular quantum computing) to a broad audience?
- Is there a clear picture of the way in which quantum technologies will help to solve societal challenges, such as making society carbon neutral?
By picking a spot on a line between 0 and 1, or by choosing a particular quadrant to stand in, the participants could express their opinion in real time. Participants were then asked to explain their choices and lively discussion on the different topics took place.
It quickly became clear that there are many different opinions and ideas about the starting point for the dialogue with society, even amongst those who consider themselves already part of the national quantum ecosystem. Furthermore, there was no consensus on the most promising application in the energy and sustainability domain, nor on the time frame within which real impact is to be expected from quantum technologies in this domain.
For us, this event was a great success, as it illustrated how there is not a single, copy-paste approach to explore, discuss, and deliver societal impact with quantum technologies.
It is our task to discover and develop useful approaches and tools working closely together with society and industry, to ensure societal impact to the benefit of all.
Are you willing to contribute to our challenge of realizing positive societal impact with quantum technologies? Please contact us, and we will take you onboard.