The Quantum Internet is a Big Step Closer Because of This Chinese Satellite

In August 2016, Chinese physicists rocketed the world’s first beacon of the coming quantum internet into orbit. Instead of beaming live sports into your home, this satellite — nicknamed Micius after an ancient Chinese philosopher — was built to send and receive tidbits of information encoded into photons, or light particles.

Though it has only been operational for a couple of years, Micius has already made strides in proving how it can be used to securely beam quantum information...

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