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Christopher Altman

Astronaut Lead Technical Advisor at Orbital Exploration Technologies

Tokyo, United States

Christopher Altman is an American physicist, quantum technologist, international diplomat and NASA-trained commercial astronaut who began his scientific career with a Guinness world record-holding artificial intelligence project and a NASA/USAF-supported time travel division at multidisciplinary, “Deep Future” research institute Starlab.

His pioneering next-generation science and technology initiatives include research at world-leading institutes including NASA Ames Research Center, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, as senior scientist at an astronaut training base on a volcano in Hawai‘i, as Chairman for the UNISCA First Committee on Disarmament and International Security—selected as annual recipient of the RSA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Policy—and as part of the US Government’s fast-track QuIST program in the global race for quantum supremacy.

As Director of the Board and Chief Science Officer for the world’s first commercial astronaut corps and Director with the successor to the NASA Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Program, Altman’s research spans quantum technology and next-generation spaceflight. His inaugural keynote address as a candidate with the commercial astronaut corps was broadcast live to 108 sister cities around the world. NASA allocated funding to the corps for its first manned spaceflights the following spring.

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Tokyo, Japan
Speaking Topics: spaceflight, technology, future

Christopher AltmanPoints
Academic20
Author6
Influencer23
Speaker37
Entrepreneur20
Total106

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Company Type: Company
Last Media Interview: 09/17/2020

Areas of Expertise

AI 30.73
Climate Change 40.37
Cryptocurrency
Cybersecurity 30.55
Digital Disruption
Digital Transformation 30.86
Emerging Technology 33.95
Future of Work 30.68
Govtech
Leadership 31.74
Management
Quantum Computing 36.10
Renewable Energy
Startups

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Aerospace & Defense
Federal & Public Sector
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
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Publications

1 Academic Whitepaper
Astronaut Development and Deployment of a Secure Quantum Space Communications Network
DARPA Quiness
May 23, 2012
QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY holds the potential to revolutionize NASA's mission and effectiveness.
Guaranteed secure communications are critical to NASA assets and to the lives of NASA astronauts. We propose a fundamentally new quantum-based communication system based on continuous variable quantum communications that will provide unconditional information security to NASA assets on the Moon, to Mars, to asteroids and deep space. Our proposal will demonstrate the feasibility of this system in an analog lunar environment, bringing quantum communications to the next-generation NASA manned spaceflight program. Such a capacity will provide NASA a permanent solution to its secure communication needs, and is directly responsive to the stated NASA need for unconditional information security referenced in theti010 NASA Communication and Navigation Systems Technology Roadmap.
Our visionary approach brings together the expertise of the two leading European groups involved in demonstrating first-ever quantum communications over a 144 km free-space optical path, with the quantum and optical communications expertise of NASA JPL, the continuous variable quantum communications expertise of Quintessence Labs, and the lunar and astronaut training facilities at the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems on Hawaii. Consequently, we offer the best global team for developing the first-ever free-space continuous variable quantum communications prototype with demonstrating the feasibility for it to be setup and calibrated by an astronaut on analogue lunar terrain, echoing the famous placement of lunar retroreflectors by the Apollo astronauts.
NASA is already moving towards optical communications for higher bandwidth channels. Currently the security of those channels is based on the standard public key infrastructure (PKI). As PKI is only conditionally secure it can, in principle (and practice) be compromised with sufficient computing power. This exposes NASA’s space assets and astronauts to potential harm if an adversary inserts damaging control inputs into communications commanding and controlling those assets. We propose a demonstration kit that an astronaut could set up to demonstrate the feasibility of deploying a secure quantum communications network between the Earth, the Moon, Mars, and deep space missions based on the use of continuous quantum variable communications.
This type of quantum communications is ideally suited to integration into conventional NASA optical communications, as it relies upon similar kinds of lasers and optical elements. Hence, this concept represents a potential breakthrough in free-space quantum communications for NASA. The continuous variable quantum communications system would be used to securely establish matching cryptographic keys over an (potentially) insecure channel. Thereafter, those keys could be used in any secure classical cryptographic system to guarantee authentication of command and control inputs sent to any NASA space asset. Ultimately, this new way of conducting communications will protect NASA assets and the lives of NASA astronauts.

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Tags: Quantum Computing

1 Advisory Board Membership
Overview Institute
Overview Institute of Australia
November 20, 2015
The overview effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space

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Tags: Climate Change, Emerging Technology, Leadership

1 Conference Publication
Accelerated training convergence in superposed quantum networks
NATO Advanced Study Institute on Mining Massive Data Sets for Security
November 20, 2009
We outline an adaptive training framework for artificial neural networks which aims to simultaneously optimize both topological and numerical structure. The technique combines principal component analysis and supervised learning and is descended from the mathematical treatment for continuous evolution of discrete structures as introduced in quantum topology. The formalism of the training algorithm, first proposed in IJTP 43(10), is optimal for tasks in associative processing and feature extraction. The procedure is unique in harnessing a coherent ensemble of discrete topological configurations of neural networks, each of which is formally merged into the appropriate linear state space via superposition. Training is carried out within this coherent state space, allowing for parallel revision of differing topological configurations at each step.

The primary feature of our model is that network topologies are represented as specific states of the simulator. Network training results in convergence to a stable attractor. Once this state has been found, the Rota algebraic spatialization procedure is applied, enabling conversion of the simulator state to a conventional neural network upon measurement. Superposed adaptive quantum networks allow for simultaneous training of both single-neuron activation functions and optimization of whole-network topological structure. Our mathematical formalism provides quantitative, numerical indications for optimal reconfiguration of the network topology. We will review candidate physical implementations for the model drawn from recent developments in condensed matter physics and solid-state quantum computing.

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Tags: AI, Quantum Computing

2 Journal Publications
Backpropagation Training in Adaptive Quantum Networks
International Journal of Theoretical Physics
July 31, 2011
We introduce a robust, error-tolerant adaptive training algorithm for generalized learning paradigms in high-dimensional superposed quantum networks, or adaptive quantum networks. The formalized procedure applies standard backpropagation training across a coherent ensemble of discrete topological configurations of individual neural networks, each of which is formally merged into appropriate linear superposition within a predefined, decoherence-free subspace. Quantum parallelism facilitates simultaneous training and revision of the system within this coherent state space, resulting in accelerated convergence to a stable network attractor under consequent iteration of the implemented backpropagation algorithm. Parallel evolution of linear superposed networks incorporating backpropagation training provides quantitative, numerical indications for optimization of both single-neuron activation functions and optimal reconfiguration of whole-network quantum structure.

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Tags: AI, Quantum Computing

Superpositional Quantum Network Topologies
International Journal of Theoretical Physics
November 20, 2004
We introduce superposition-based quantum networks composed of (i) the classical perceptron model of multilayered, feedforward neural networks and (ii) the algebraic model of evolving reticular quantum structures as described in quantum gravity. The main feature of this model is moving from particular neural topologies to a quantum metastructure which embodies many differing topological patterns. Using quantum parallelism, training is possible on superpositions of different network topologies. As a result, not only classical transition functions, but also topology becomes a subject of training. The main feature of our model is that particular neural networks, with different topologies, are quantum states. We consider high-dimensional dissipative quantum structures as candidates for implementation of the model.

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Tags: AI, Quantum Computing

3 Keynotes
Space Forces and the Future of Space Exploration
Space Mastery
September 13, 2020
Space Forces and the Future of Space Exploration, USAF, Space Command, UAP, UFO, Pentagon Task Force on UAP, UAPx, unidentified aerial phenomena

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Leadership

Space Forces
Space Mastery
September 13, 2020
Space Forces and the Future of Space Exploration, USAF, Space Command, UAP, UFO, Pentagon Task Force on UAP, UAPx, unidentified aerial phenomena

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Leadership

The Future of Space Exploration
Mobile Monday Amsterdam
May 23, 2011
As we continue forwards in our collective journey, scaling the cosmic ladder of evolution, progressing onwards, expanding our reach outwards to other worlds, and other stars, in the transition to become a multiplanetary species—Earth comes into view as a destination, no longer limited as a point of origin. We stand on the shores of a vast cosmic ocean, with untold continents of possibility yet to explore.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Future of Work, Leadership

1 Panel
To The Stars and Beyond: Investing in Space & Deep Tech
LA Token
August 24, 2020
Panel discussion on the future of Space and Deep Technologies.

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

2 Speaking Engagements
Space Forces
MILITARY EXTRATERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER ALTMAN
August 17, 2020
Space Forces and the Future of Space Exploration, USAF, Space Command, UAP, UFO, Pentagon Task Force on UAP, UAPx, unidentified aerial phenomena

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Leadership

MILITARY EXTRATERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER ALTMAN
Interview broadcast live to an audience of >1M across 175 radio stations around the world
August 17, 2020
Space Forces and the Future of Space Exploration, USAF, Space Command, UAP, UFO, Pentagon Task Force on UAP, UAPx, unidentified aerial phenomena

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Leadership

2 Whitepapers
Converging Technologies: The Future of the Global Information Society
RSA Information Security
November 20, 2004
The complex web of the global information grid will undergo explosive changes over coming decades. As advances in science and technology converge, a myriad array of discoveries in biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technology will produce unpredictable effects that must be accounted for in any estimate of what the world will look like in this future. A strategically important feature of this world will be the emerging trend of information warfare. Though still immature at present day, this trend will become increasingly dominant in the years to come. The information warfare of tomorrow will be radically different from its prototype today. No longer will it be confined to the mainframes of the Internet or to corporate databases: the battleground of the future will draw into its scope the scientific advances being made today in bio and nanotechnologies. The divisions between man and machine will blur. When networked technologies are ubiquitous, a state-sponsored attack on electronic networks can have far-reaching, and devastating, physical consequences.

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Tags: AI, Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology

Converging Technologies: The Future of the Global Information Society
2004 RSA Information Security Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Policy
November 20, 2002
The complex web of the global information grid will undergo explosive changes over coming decades. As advances in science and technology converge, a myriad array of discoveries in biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technology will produce unpredictable effects that must be accounted for in any estimate of what the world will look like in this future. A strategically important feature of this world will be the emerging trend of information warfare. Though still immature at present day, this trend will become increasingly dominant in the years to come. The information warfare of tomorrow will be radically different from its prototype today. No longer will it be confined to the mainframes of the Internet or to corporate databases: the battleground of the future will draw into its scope the scientific advances being made today in bio and nanotechnologies. The divisions between man and machine will blur. When networked technologies are ubiquitous, a state-sponsored attack on electronic networks can have far-reaching, and devastating, physical consequences.

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Tags: AI, Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology

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