I believe that all research into quantum computer devices or algorithms should be unclassified, period. My understanding is that DARPA funded as an unclassified project most of the research that led to the development of the Internet, and that strategy seems to have worked admirably well. The NSA, led by US Army General Keith Alexander, has been trying to make secret some QC research ever since Peter Shor came out with his algorithm in 1995.
I thank Henning Dekant (Quax) for pointing out to me in Scott Aaronson’s blog the following priceless article that sounds like it came from TheOnion.com or the movie Dr. Strangelove, except that it’s all totally true. At the same time that little Keith builds his bridge, millions of Americans who work full time or more don’t earn a living wage.
NSA Chief Built “Starship Enterprise Bridge”, Sat in Captain’s Chair, by Jason Mick (Blog) – Sep 17, 2013. Slashdot news item based on original report by Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian
General Keith Alexander is largely responsible for the NSA’s Trailblazer program which was canceled after billions of dollars of fraud and abuse.
The title of this blog post comes from the following article (very good but somewhat incomplete: why doesn’t it emphasize fraud and corruption more, no mention of Trailblazer or the Startrek bridge?)
How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet, by Steven Levy (Wired, Jan 7, 2014)
To delve more into the connection of the NSA to quantum computers, you might read my 3 previous blog posts:
- The NSA’s top secret Kane Quantum Computer
- China’s Sputnik Moment in the Quantum Space Race?
- Quantum Cryptography Succumbs to an ANT