Another area Haroche listed is a quantum simulation, which will lead to more precise atom clocks. These clocks can be used on positioning systems like GPS to increase accuracy. "It is promising," he told reporters.
Huawei R&D spending is "amazing"
Haroche insisted he has no cooperative relationship with Huawei. But after seeing the company's efforts in research and development (R&D), Haroche said he was amazed at how much money Huawei is willing to invest.
"The French government put 2.2 percent of public money into scientific research," he said, "and Huawei is spending 60 percent of the amount."
"Huawei goes from basically nobody to the leader in 5G," he added.
Haroche wished the big tech to invest more in basic science research. "I understand that companies need to spend huge money to do basic science, but it's still more realistic than quantum computing."
Emancipate the mind
Haroche also talked about the research environment in China, which he thinks still has a lot to improve, especially liberating the thoughts of Chinese scientists.
"I'm not in a position to give advice, but I think China's emphasis on publication statistics has gone extreme," he said. "This is unhealthy for scientific researches."
He also suggested China should reconsider the value of seniority in the labs, saying the government should trying giving more space to young scientists.
"Maybe China can try collaborating with other Asian countries," he added.