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QUANTUM COMMUNICATIONS AND THE FATE OF EMPIRES

August 19, 2017 By Kelly Em

(Today's blog is by Ms. K.M.... read carefully because she has quite accurately defined yet another geopolitical paradigm shift)

From Colonial Scrip, to clay tablets, money utilization has always had a communication element.  Joseph Farrell has at many times discussed the geopolitical implications of how nation-states and international organizations communicate money. All transactions are based upon trust and these days it is in increasingly short supply.   The wiretapping-of-the-world promulgated by the U.S. and others would inevitably provoke a response. And when combined with sanctions, and propaganda and other interference, national entities are rapidly developing methods to communicate their information, including transactions, privately and with greater confidence, off the global surveillance grid.

Enter Quantum communications (QC), which leverages the strange behavior of atoms and subatomic particles in order to make satellite communications ultimately much faster and more private.  And like an unpickable lock that changes color and alerts the homeowner when a burglar tries to pick it, QC has now been demonstrated to teleport quantum micro reality definitions (quantum states) between satellites and ground stations without any known method to intercept and uncover the messages.   These systems have a refresh function that enables them to transmit bits in a modem-like fashion between stations.  Since QC utilizes the vast micro-reality of a quantum system, it's able to transmit lots of information in a few packed bits.

There are important articles nearly every week appearing in major journals like Nature that reveal rapid progress in prototyping actual working QC get-ups.  

This very summer, scientists and engineers have demonstrated: 

  1. Stable Quantum “teleportation” (QT) of information between space satellites and ground stations.   QT means that two systems have identical micro-realities over distance.  Currently, the record Is 760km.
  2. Stable transmission of theoretically-unbreakable quantum strings (called “keys”) between two ground stations by way of satellite without using teleportation.  This means that no ordinary computer can ever break them, and perhaps not even a quantum one.  It means data in transit is safe because quantum keys contain so many degrees of freedom, they are unhackable in practice.  https://phys.org/news/2017-08-chinese-team-quantum-keys-ground.html,  https://phys.org/news/2017-08-china-world-quantum-network.html
  3.  Rapid quantum information transfer between ground and satellite at better than “T1” speeds, meaning faster than 1 megabit per second (1.024kb/s).  When articles are written about quantum communications, they rarely talk about speed.  But speed is one of the keys to effective communications, and QC systems are getting FAST.
  4. Quantum memory developments.  A Chinese team also invented a method of using quantum keys (long strings of randomish data) developed simultaneously in seperate locations so that private keys never need to be transmitted.  This is another holy grail for quantum communications.  https://phys.org/news/2017-06-physicists-quantum-memory.html

As someone with too much experience in high tech, I want to know how quickly these things can be “productized.”  In other words, now that we have working prototype systems that are operating faster than 650kb/s, fifty to ninety times faster than a 14.4kb modem, when can they be finished and begin to be used in production environments?  Also, the Chinese and Japanese are publishing their developments in the open literature.  If the US is behind, can it catch up?

I contacted a friend, Dr. Herbert J Bernstein, Professor of Physics at Hampshire College, who very well might be one of the world’s top experts in quantum communications physics, having been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Dr. Bernstein teaches quantum mechanics as an introductory course and in his research time works with Dr. Paul Kwiat of the University of Illinois. They have put quantum communication systems in such as places as the International Space Station, and have other projects in the works.  In contrast to what the Chinese and Japanese teams are doing, Kwiat and Bernstein are pioneering a much higher quality signal packed with much more information.  They achieve this by adding polarization for much higher information density, so called “Hyper Dense” Teleportation.

As Dr. Bernstein was quoted in the online journal phys.org:

“The quantum state,” Bernstein noted, [is] "essentially the complete basic information about micro-reality," and quantum teleportation has been achieved.” Bernstein's proposal worked out a way to send twice as much quantum information as can currently be sent, using the same number of bits and bytes. Teleportation is already "dense" because a one-in-a-million qubit state can be sent to the receiver with only two bits of information. Bernstein's contribution is the "Super" part of this effect, doing even more than can be done with "ordinary" quantum teleportation.” –phys.org

Dr. Bernstein said in our conversation that,

“The Chinese and Japanese teams are making good progress.  If the Japanese have really broken the one megabit barrier; that’s a real accomplishment.  The good thing for us is that our Superdense Model will be able to pack in much more information into the same set up, so we still have time to catch and surpass these other systems.”

In quantum systems, the more information you can pack into a quantum situation, the effectively faster and ultimately more private the information transfer may become.  If a flowing river is moving at a certain rate, you can get more water downriver at the same flow by making denser water.  He summed up the progress by describing that the field is “moving very quickly.”

So there are three distinct processes in play.  One is the transmission of quantum keys through optical methods.  The second is sending bits through a quantum teleportation process (Bernstein’s method); the Chinese have broken the record and teleported an astonishing distance, over 750KM.  The third and holy grail is to use all three, which the Chinese satellite Micius (“Miss-e-us”) is apparently designed to provide.  The Chinese have proven both one and two, and the combination method that ensures quantum cryptography and quantum intrusion detection with teleportation, is no doubt coming.

Oddly, other than Bernstein and Kwiat, it’s difficult to find public QC programs happening in the United States. For some reason, the US scientific bureaucracy does not appear to be funding these efforts adequately, as judged by in the public record.  Why is that?  

Based on the publicly-reported progress in the field, and judging the time lines based upon my forty years of watching high tech, my current estimate is that within three years, the Chinese, Japanese, and interested parties in the West will have access to stable, global, quantum communications systems and products. These projects will them move into production and build out phases.  Systems like SWIFT will decline in use because of their politicization (i.e. sanctions) and because they are readily intercepted.

Once these non-aligned societies have secure communications and transactions, the geopolitical realignment we are witnessing in slow motion will speed up. The rate of change in geopolitics is inversely proportional to the ability to interfere with it, and the guidance system for interference is based mostly on signals intelligence, i.e. spying. There will be efforts to regulate and slow down adoption, but these emerging systems will change drastically the information field and will therefore have long-term effects on world events.

Once the Russians, Chinese, Japanese, and then nearly anyone else with the money, obtain quantum communication systems, the next phase of the game will be on. The slope of the curve describing the decline in the dollar payments system and the Fed will steepen, because payments and other information will be then transmitted privately, making it very difficult to intercede or interfere with.  Communications happening in actual privacy will enable more business and geopolitics to be conducted “outside of the "all-seeing-eye.” This translates over time into faster geopolitical change. I think that’s what’s upon us and these technical developments portend to speed the process.

The end result of these developments, outside of an ill-advised use of military assets, will solidify the nearly-irreversible development of centers of power outside of the West. The West let the cat out of the bag by off shoring manufacturing and then tried to use carrots and sticks to control the emergence of rival powers; but alas, cats are not really trainable. 

My advice to TPTB is to ditch the arrogance and change direction before it's too late. Develop positive relationships instead of coercive ones, before the U.S. is effectively “handed its hat” by emerging power interests around the globe.  The era of uni-polarity, if it ever existed, is at an end.  One of the milestones of the re-emerging multi-polar world is quantum communications.