A personal perspective on quantum cryptography (Faculty of Science Distinguished Lecture) - Gilles Brassard

Quantum cryptography is the only approach to privacy ever proposed that allows two parties (who do not share a long secret key ahead of time) to communicate with provably perfect secrecy under the nose of an eavesdropper endowed with unlimited computational power and whose technology is limited by nothing but the fundamental laws of nature. I shall provide a personal historical perspective on the field and discuss current implementations as well as an outlook on the future. No prior knowledge on cryptography or quantum mechanics will be expected.