Around the turn of the 20th century, scientists began stirring up what would ultimately become a world-changing revolution. They deployed cleverly designed experiments and careful reasoning to reveal a realm billions of times smaller than the dust specks they might have wiped from their equipment. There they witnessed the basic ingredients of the universe -- such as electrons and light -- behaving in deeply surprising ways. Their discoveries transformed society and birthed a new scientific field: quantum physics. Computers chips, lasers, GPS -- in short, modernity -- all rest on the bedrock of this field.
Now, many scientists believe we are on the cusp of a second quantum revolution. They predict it will transform society yet again, this time through the vital currency of information: how to sense it, process it, and send it in powerful and disruptive new ways.
We invite you to explore the contours of this emerging revolution. Imagine jumping through a portal and landing on the outskirts of a metaphorical metropolis: Quantum 2.0-ville. The foundations are still being laid, but the pace of work is accelerating, and the excited speculation from inhabitants and visitors mixes with the billowing clouds of construction dust.
At our popular pub, The Cat & Flask, our friendly waitstaff will help you get your bearings. You can explore the history of the first quantum revolution at our local museum. Or you can head straight out on a tour to survey the technologies that Quantum 2.0-ville promises to shake up: sensing, computing, and communications.