Albert Einstein’s Spooky Theory, a peculiar aspect of widely acknowledged Quantum Mechanics, could prove handy in developing ultra–secure communications standards for the internet.
Researchers in Swinburne University of Technology in Australia and Peking University in China firmly believe that if Einstein’s observations about the unique attributes of particles in Quantum Mechanics (which is commonly referred to as ‘Spooky’ action), are to be correctly implemented to the world of internet, developers could easily build highly secure and protected protocols for communication.
Spooky Action theory developed by Albert Einstein and a group of his associates in late 1930s is valid for inter–particle association over great distances. Einstein and researchers were able to theoretically prove how entangled particles stay connected even when separated by large distances. Theoretically, according to quantum mechanics Einstein stated that two or more particles can become “entangled” so that even after they are separated in space, when an action is performed on one particle, the other particle responds immediately. The phenomenon was proved last year, reported livescience.
The Spooky Theory could offer a powerful method of conjuring up ultra–secure pathways which were immune to eavesdropping. By late 1990’s scientists were able to successfully transmit a message through encrypting and using a shared key generated by Einstein’s strange entanglement to decode the message from the sender and receiver.
The latest development makes use of a Quantum Key that is widely acknowledged to be very secure and virtually unbreakable. But what is exciting is this same practice can be effectively extended to a much larger number of people, thereby ensuring the messages that transpire simply can’t be intercepted. “We found that a secure message can be shared by up to three to four people, opening the possibility to Einstein’s theory being applicable to secure messages being sent from many to many,” shared Margaret Reid, Associate Professor at Swinburne’s Centre for Quantum and Optical Science.
The practical application of Einstein’s Spooky Theory is the ability to make devices ‘interconnected’ and hence ‘aware’ of each other’s ‘state’. Meaning, if any of the devices used for sending and receiving the messages is tampered with, the other devices are expected to become aware and take necessary corrective steps to ensure the integrity of the message is retained.
Even though tech giants like Yahoo, Google, Facebook and others are implementing advanced encryptions to prevent agencies like NSA from snooping, the latter has been proven to employ highly sophisticated technologies for monitoring the internet. While practical implications of the Spooky Theory are still a distant future, it is good to know scientists are actively exploring Albert Einstein’s works to make the virtual world a bit more secure than it already is.
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