Quantum Social Lab: Mapping Challenges and Opportunities of Quantum Based Technologies
This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.
SOT86800 is a semester module in English language at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Catalogue of soft-skill courses
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|90 h||30 h||3 CP|
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
• Identify social implications of quatum based technologies with an emphasis on quantum communication technology
• Evalute quantum technologies social impact based on human rights and ehtics frameworks
• Anticipate policy options and interventions to unlock the potential of quantum tech and addressing its challenges
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Learning and Teaching Methods
• Jeutner,Valentin (2021): The Quantum Imperative: Addressing the Legal Dimension of Quantum Computers,in : Morals and Maschiens, S.52-58, https://doi.org/10.5771/2747-5174-2021-1-52
• Vermaas, Pieter E. (2017): The societal impact of the emerging quantum technologies: a renewed urgency to make quantum theory understandable, Delft University, Ethics and Inf. Technol. 19, 4 (December 2017), 241–246, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10676
• Holter, Carolyn Ten, et al. (2021): Reading the road: challenges and opportunities on the path to responsible innovation in quantum computing, University of Oxford, https://doi.org/10.1080/09537325.2021.1988070 Recommended Readings:
• Perrier, Elija. (2021). Ethical Quantum Computing: A Roadmap, https://arxiv.org/pdf/2102.00759.pdf
• Kop, Mauritz (2020): Regulating Transformative Technology in The Quantum Age: Intellectual Property, Standardization & Sustainable Innovation, Stanford - Vienna Transatlantic Technology Law Forum, Transatlantic Antitrust and IPR Developments, Stanford University
• Kop, Mauritz (2021): Establishing a Legal-Ethical Framework for Quantum Technology, Yale Law School, Yale Journal of Law & Technology (YJoLT), The Record, March 30 2021, https://yjolt.org/blog/establishing-legal-ethical-framework-quantum-technology
Background Readings (for reference only):
• Ladikas, Miltos et al. (2015): Science and Technology Governance and Ethics, Springer • Sandler, Ronald (2013): Ethics and Emerging Technologies, 2013. Edition, Palgrave Macmillan • Kirchschlaeger, Peter (2021): Digital Transformation and Ethics, 1.Edition, Nomos (especially chapters 6, 7, 8)
Description of exams and course work
In addition to the oral presentation (2) a poster containing the content and results of the project will also be part of the examination (40%). The presentation and the poster are means to measure the students’ ability to analyse and evaluate the social impact of quantum technologies and to identify social implications of quantum based technologies in two different, but complementary ways. Additionally both parts of the examination offer also the opportunity to measure the students' ability to develop approaches for especially policy options on their own.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.