Welcome to the quantum era

Julia Sieger and Peter O'Brien
Julia Sieger and Peter O'Brien © FRANCE 24

The first quantum revolution gave way to lasers and transistors while the second ushered in MRIs and GPS. But the technology still holds much more promise for the future. We tell you why quantum computing is becoming such a strategic sector. 


Quantum physics constitutes a huge change in how one understands the world and conceives reality. There is a shift from the intuitive, straightforward classical paradigm to the quantum world that describes much more complex, counterintuitive and amazing phenomena. In this edition, we attempt to explain the fundamental mechanism of quantum physics, a demonstration of how little we actually know about our world. 

We dig deeper into the prospect of quantum computers with Eleni Diamanti, a senior researcher at LIP6 Sorbonne. She tells us how much this technology is set to revolutionise certain sectors like communications, medtech and the Internet of Things, plus how nations and companies are now engaged in an arms race for quantum supremacy. 

And in Test 24, we take a look at the French startup Vaonis' latest device Vespera, a perfect hybrid between a smart telescope and a camera that picked up the best innovation award at this year's CES trade show.

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