7:30 pm, Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
Fairmont Lounge, St. John's College
2111 Lower Mall, UBC
A Quantum Future of Computation
A century after the development of quantum mechanics we are only
coming to terms with the weird laws governing our world, but starting to
build computational devices that make use of quantum effects. Quantum
random number generators and quantum communication systems are already
commercially available. Work on quantum computers is accelerating, and
computational capabilities beyond that of any imaginable classical
computer seem just over the horizon. I will discuss the origin of the
exceptional computational power of quantum computers and how they may be
used to solve important scientific, economic and societal problems that
are impossible for classical computers.
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