Taiwan’s government has unveiled plans to create a quantum technology hub in Southern Taiwan. The country’s top research institute — Academia Sinica — announced the plans along with the technology and economics ministries.
The new quantum technology hub will be based in the southern city of Tainan. Technology Minister Wu Tsung-tsong says there is currently no hardware for quantum technology. Therefore, he says, Taiwan will instead focus on developing talent and the skills needed in the budding new industry.
The government plans to invest NT$8 billion (about US$283 million) into quantum technology over the next five years. The hope is that Taiwan can become a key player in quantum technology while the industry is still in its infancy.
Quantum technology will change the current technological landscape. Quantum computers have the potential for operating exponentially faster than the computers we use today. The technology minister says Taiwan’s new quantum technology center won’t just focus on technology -- it will also deal with laws and ethics.