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Over the past decade, quantum information theory has developed into a vigorous field of research despite the fact that quantum information, as a precise concept, is undefined. Indeed, the very idea of viewing quantum states as carriers of some kind of information (albeit unknowable in classical terms) leads naturally to interesting questions that might otherwise never have been asked, and corresponding new insights. We discuss some illustrative examples, including a strengthening of the well-known no-cloning theorem leading to a property of permanence for quantum information, and considerations arising from information compression that reflect on fundamental issues.
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