A Quantum Future of Computation

Speaker: 
Matthias Troyer
Event Date and Time: 
Wed, 2017-10-11 19:30 - 21:00
Location: 
St. John's College - Fairmont Lounge / 2111 Lower Mall (UBC)
Local Contact: 
Swarn Rai - 604-822-1383 or pitpoffice@phas.ubc.ca
Intended Audience: 
Public

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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