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The Quantum Age

March 4, 2022 3:10 PM - 5:00 PM Room 107, South Hall, Berkeley, CA, 94720

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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.

In Law and Policy for the Quantum Age (Cambridge University Press, 2022), Chris Hoofnagle and Simson Garfinkel explain the genesis of quantum information science and the development of related technologies: quantum sensing, computing, and communication. The book uses scenario analysis to consider four futures for quantum technologies. It then considers how policymakers might anticipate the benefits and risks of quantum technologies.


Chris Jay Hoofnagle is professor of law in residence at the University of California, Berkeley, a professor of practice in the School of Information, faculty director of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, and affiliated faculty with the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and author of Federal Trade Commission Privacy Law and Policy (Cambridge University Press 2016). Hoofnagle is of counsel to Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP, and serves on boards for Constella Intelligence and Palantir Technologies.


This seminar will be held both online & in person. You are welcome to join us either in South Hall or via Zoom.


Face masks are required indoors at all times at UC Berkeley, regardless of vaccination status.


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If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting, CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about mobility access in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Catherine Cronquist Browning (catherine@ischool.berkeley.edu) with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7–10 days in advance of the event.

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