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Less Reality, More Security

Speaker: Artur Ekert National University of Singapore
Time: 2011-08-30 13:30-2011-08-30 14:30
Venue: FIT 1-222
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Bell's inequality makes a seemingly insane scenario possible --- devices of unknown or dubious provenance, even those that are manufactured by our enemies, can be safely used for secret communication.  And this is for real!  All that is needed to implement such a bizarre form of cryptography is a loophole-free violation of Bell's inequalities.  It is on the edge of being technologically feasible.  I will provide a brief overview of quantum and post-quantum cryptography and describe how studies of entanglement and the foundations of quantum theory influenced the way we may soon protect information.