Igor Lotakov participated in the public panel discussion

IV international Conference on Quantum Technologies

Moscow, 14 July 2017 - Igor Lotakov, PwC Russia Managing Partner, took part in the panel discussion “Quantum Race – Acting Proactively” at the IV Quantum Technology International Conference. The other panellists that discussed the future of quantum computations included Andrey Fursenko, Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation; Sergey Gorkov, VEB Chairman; Grigory Trubnikov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation; Dmitry Peskov, Director of the Young Professionals Division of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives; John Martinis, leader of the Quantum Computer Development Project at Google; Professor Tommazo Calarko, an author of the Quantum Flagship EU Programme; and Mikhail Lukin, a professor at Harvard University and one of the world’s most quoted physicists. 

In his presentation, Igor Lotakov pointed out:

“In line with the nature of our activity, we monitor business sentiments both in Russia and around the globe, and we have been interviewing global CEOs for 20 years running.  Over the last 5-6 years, one of the global issues has been a declining confidence in business both within the community and business itself. Our survey results show that 80% of CEOs believe that the trend is primarily driven by challenges related to disruptive technology. As companies apply current and emerging technology more aggressively and shift toward digitising their operating models, information security has been at the top of the agenda, which can be seen from the examples taken from the past months. 

Quantum technology has been developing at an unprecedented pace, and just like any other technology, along with numerous advantages it is associated with new risks that should already be addressed today. That is why we are happy to cooperate with the Russian Quantum Centre and we believe that it is our common goal to discover information security solutions and advice that companies can use in the current developing digital world environment.” 

The Quantum Technology Conference is held by the Russian Quantum Centre with support from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MPIT).

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