Quantum Thought Leaders

by Barbara Terhal Barbara Terhal, faculty member at QuTech, wrote a poem about the tiny virus that holds the world in a firm grip these days, which we have printed below. We also invite anyone who has converted their thoughts in these unusual circumstances into poetry, to add their poems... Read more
Published on: 2020-07-09
IBM Quantum offers advanced system access to academic researchers | IBM Research Blog “IBM Quantum just launched the IBM Quantum Researchers Program to enable academic… Continue readingThings to read and watch about #QuantumComputing – 07/08/2020 The post Things to read and watch about #QuantumComputing – 07/08/2020 appeared first on Robert... Read more
Published on: 2020-07-08
If there were ever a time for liberals and progressives to put aside their internal squabbles, you’d think it was now. The President of the United States is a racist gangster, who might not leave if he loses the coming election—all the more reason to ensure he loses in a... Read more
Published on: 2020-07-07
Have you ever wondered what can be done in 48 hours? For instance, our heart beats around 200 000 times. One of the biggest supercomputers crunches petabytes (peta = 1015) of numbers to simulate an experiment that took Google’s quantum … Continue reading →... Read more
Like many academics, I’ve now been regularly “attending” conferences and giving talks via Zoom for four months. Naturally, I’ve learned a lot about how to use this platform—one that, despite numerous quirks and flaws, actually works well enough that it could probably replace at least 2/3 of in-person talks and... Read more
Published on: 2020-07-03
2020 sucks. Yesterday I learned that David Poulin, a creative and widely-beloved quantum computing and information theorist, has died at age 43, of an aggressive brain cancer. After studying under many of the field’s legends—Gilles Brassard, Wojciech Zurek, Ray Laflamme, Gerard Milburn, John Preskill—David became a professor at the University... Read more
Published on: 2020-06-30
Some of you may have wondered whether I have a life. I do. He’s a computer scientist, and we got married earlier this month.  Marrying a quantum information scientist comes with dangers not advertised in any Brides magazine (I assume; … Continue reading →... Read more
This morning, like many others, I woke up to the terrible news that Scott Alexander—the man I call “the greatest Scott A. of the Internet”—has deleted SlateStarCodex in its entirety. The reason, Scott explains, is that the New York Times was planning to run an article about SSC. Even though... Read more
Published on: 2020-06-23
Though I would have chosen a different title for the article (lol), there is a nice interview with me in PC Quest called “Quantum Computers… Continue readingInterview with me on the state of quantum computing in PC Quest The post Interview with me on the state of quantum computing in... Read more
Published on: 2020-06-23
Time for a non-depressing post. Quantum Computing Since Democritus, which is already available in English and Russian, is about to be published in both Chinese and Japanese. (So if you read this blog, but have avoided tackling QCSD because your Chinese or Japanese is better than your English, today’s your... Read more
Published on: 2020-06-21
(1) To start with some rare good news: I was delighted that the US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 holding led by Chief Justice Roberts (!), struck down the Trump administration’s plan to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Dismantling DACA would’ve been a first step toward deporting 700,000 overwhelmingly blameless... Read more
Published on: 2020-06-18
Will He Go?, by legal scholar Lawrence Douglas, is, at 120 pages, a slim volume focused on a single question: what happens if the 2020 US election delivers a narrow or disputed result favoring Biden, and Trump refuses to concede? This question will, of course, either be answered or rendered... Read more
Published on: 2020-06-11
How to Update All Python Packages | ActiveState “As packages age, many of them are likely to have vulnerabilities and bugs logged against them. In… Continue readingReading List for 06/11/2020 The post Reading List for 06/11/2020 appeared first on Robert Sutor.... Read more
Published on: 2020-06-11
Today I woke up to the sad and shocking news that Jon Dowling (homepage / Twitter / Wikipedia)—physics professor at Louisiana State, guy who got the US government to invest in quantum computing back in the 90s, author of the popular book Schrödinger’s Killer App: Race to Build the World’s... Read more
Published on: 2020-06-06
Scott’s foreword: Zeph Landau, a noted quantum computing theorist at UC Berkeley who’s worked closely with my adviser Umesh Vazirani, recently asked me if he could write a guest post about pooled testing for covid—an old idea that, Zeph argues, could play a crucial role in letting universities safely reopen... Read more
Published on: 2020-06-04
Today, I interrupt the news of the rapid disintegration of the United States of America, on every possible front at once (medical, economic, social…), to bring you something far more important: a long-planned two-hour podcast, where theoretical physicist and longtime friend-of-the-blog Sean Carroll interviews yours truly about complexity theory! Here’s... Read more
Published on: 2020-06-01
Mr. Mole is trapped indoors, alone. Spring is awakening outside, but he’s confined to his burrow. Birds are twittering, and rabbits are chattering, but he has only himself for company. Sound familiar?  Spring—crocuses, daffodils, and hyacinths budding; leaves unfurling; and … Continue reading →... Read more
I was seriously depressed for the last week, by noticeably more than my baseline amount for the new pandemic-ravaged world. The depression seems to have been triggered by two pieces of news: The US Food and Drug Administration—yes, the same FDA whose failure to approve covid tests in February infamously... Read more
Published on: 2020-05-26
The days get sunnier, yet the working from home continues. Some labs over the world are closed. At QuTech we have the luck that the labs stayed open, although the people in it disappeared. Monitoring measurements remotely and struggling with simulations is, also at QuTech, the new standard. With, of... Read more
Published on: 2020-05-22
Two years ago, I posted detailed lecture notes on this blog for my Intro to Quantum Information Science undergrad course at UT Austin. Today, with enormous thanks to UT PhD student Corey Ostrove, we’ve gotten the notes into a much better shape (for starters, they’re now in LaTeX). You can... Read more
Published on: 2020-05-20