Now is the time to make sure this incredible innovation power flows in the direction of desired, constructive applications for society, such as the development of new, highly efficient solar panels, the production of eco-friendly fertilizer, or the design of personalised medicine. Understanding the
ethical, legal and societal implications of quantum technologies is crucial to facilitate positive applications of quantum technologies. The benefits of quantum technologies only fully materialize if appropriate governance frameworks for the responsible use of quantum technologies are developed.
The art of communicating about science and technology
There is a gap between incomprehensible science and public understanding of quantum technology. We should simultaneously work on bridging this gap and progressing the technological maturity. Societal pushback against 5G has shown that science communication plays a crucial role in the societal readiness of new technologies.
The research undertaken in the Living Lab Quantum and Society will result in a deeper understanding of the attitude towards quantum technology and a way towards sustainable outreach suitable for diverse target groups. This paves the way for the implementation of different disruptive technologies in the future, beyond quantum.
Even though the technology is still in its early days, we are reaching important technological milestones. Therefore, we need the brightest minds from across the globe to collaborate, and to exchange best practices, so that we can reduce the barriers for quantum technology and its adoption.