GESDA: The Open Quantum Institute launches its pilot phase at CERN
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The Open Quantum Institute (OQI) passes a new milestone today, with the operational launch at CERN. Following a successful one-year incubation period led by the GESDA, the new, three-year CERN-based pilot will build on the efforts to date to help unleash the full power of quantum computing for the benefit of all.

When GESDA was established, it was with a firm belief in the necessity of global governance to fully comprehend scientific and technological advancements. Our aim was to contribute, through anticipation, to bridging the gap between international Geneva and the realm of science. This aspiration is becoming reality, through the creation of the OQI at CERN, along with the concrete collaborations discussed throughout the afternoon about the development of use-cases. Establishing the OQI here in Geneva is also a means of aligning technology with the values that define this unique ecosystem of international cooperation.

We must ask ourselves: What can technology do for us?

As the capital of human rights, we must ensure that humans lead the way and that technology is used to serve the common good. This is precisely the goal of the OQI: leveraging technology to achieve sustainable development goals.

Technology means power.

This truth is evident in an increasingly fragmented world, as well as within societies where digital inclusivity is far from guaranteed, and where the development of new technologies remains predominantly made by certain demographic groups.

It is our duty to share knowledge within societies and across the global community. By fostering collaboration and open exchange, we can magnify the positive impact of this technology on a global scale. In this regard, I emphasize the OQI's dedication to promote accessibility and capacity building. Finally, let me emphasize the importance of diplomacy. Diplomacy is our guiding principle in ensuring that quantum computing serves humanity and upholds its core values. Geneva, with its rich history of international cooperation, stands as a neutral ground where ethical and regulatory frameworks can be negotiated.

The Open Quantum Institute represents a new model of collaboration grounded in these three principles of humanity, cooperation, and diplomacy.

The launch of the X-Prize contest here in Geneva will build bridges between the values of our ecosystem and the creativity of the best minds across the globe, working collectively to find solutions to global challenges. We are only at the beginning of this great project. We can only look forward to the next steps.