Law & Policy for the Quantum Age

February 12, 2021 | 2/12/21 12:00 pm - 2/12/21 1:00 pm

This event is a part of the 2020-2021 Program on Data and Governance’s Data Points Lecture Series, sponsored by Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.

Friday, February 12


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About the Event

Quantum technologies have provided capabilities that seem strange, are powerful, and at times, frightening. These capabilities are so different from our conventional intuition that they seem to ride the fine border between science fiction and fantasy—yet some quantum technologies can be commercially purchased today, and more are just around the corner.

Quantum technologies can pose profound policy issues, from industrial policy, to openness norms, to everyday privacy. For example, quantum sensing arrays might someday be trained to recognize weapons or sniff the molecules of contraband, even if concealed, or detect guns in private homes by measuring electromagnetic or gravitational fields through roofs. Some quantum algorithms would speed up the process of cracking the encryption that protects our everyday transactions and communications.  Developments in quantum simulation will have tremendous benefits for chemistry and the environment, but these same techniques could be used to engineer more powerful biological, chemical, synthetic, conventional, and even genetic weapons.

Berkeley Professor Chris Hoofnagle, who has a forthcoming book on The Quantum Age with Simson Garfinkel (Cambridge Univ. Press 2021), will describe the state of the science in quantum technologies and consider the consequences of and policy approaches for the quantum age.

Speaker: Chris Hoofnagle

Chris Jay Hoofnagle is Professor of Law in Residence at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he teaches courses on the regulation of technology. He is affiliated faculty with the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing and an adjunct professor in the School of Information.

Hoofnagle is author of Federal Trade Commission Privacy Law and Policy (Cambridge Univ. Press 2016) and a faculty director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

An elected member of the American Law Institute, Hoofnagle is of counsel to Gunderson Dettmer LLP, and serves on boards for 4iQ and Palantir Technologies.